As Central Ohio happily welcomes spring weather, ECDI is venturing into a new form of community investment. With funding from The Columbus Foundation, ECDI will use the 2019 growing season as an opportunity to host a community...
Every day at ECDI entrepreneurs come to us looking for a way to take their existing businesses or new business ideas to the next level. Over the years, as our reputation has grown, so has the demand...
According to the 2017 State of Women-owned Businesses report, commissioned by American Express, “For the last 20 years, women of color have turned to entrepreneurship at an extraordinary rate. While the number of women-owned businesses grew 114...
Carnell and Malik Willoughby had a simple idea from the start: to make good, healthy food accessible to their community. Through Willowbeez SoulVeg, Carnell’s vegan pop-up and catering business, they have certainly succeeded in that mission....
Omar D’Angelo’s first experience as an entrepreneur came in the form of door-to-door sales in Argentina, where his family would sell baked goods to their community—a business that his father started as a 13-year-old. As the Argentine economy began...
As October wanes into November and many of us are gearing up for a month of giving thanks, one group that earns our most sincere gratitude is veterans. It is only fitting that November 5 - 9, the U.S....
Everyday across the state of Ohio, entrepreneurs in all stages of business growth and development are in need of funding. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), 69 percent of small businesses utilized financing in 2016, while 31 percent...
The passing of George Hargrove, founder of Cousins Army-Navy Store, brought a tumultuous couple of years for Hargrove’s partner, and now exclusive owner, JD Richardson. Legal issues followed by a struggle to find and secure a good source of...

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