Coco Cat Bakery and Chocolates does not have the traditional origin story that most small businesses have. Starting as a stall at the Granville Farmer’s Market, Todd and Melissa Camp sold baked goods, and a small selection...
For 15 years, ECDI has been committed to investing in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change. A one-stop-shop for underserved small businesses and entrepreneurs, ECDI has grown from one office in Columbus to...
Earlier this month, ECDI welcomed Shaundretta Boykins as the new director of the Women's Business Center of Ohio (WBC). Previously, Boykins served as ECDI’s Lead Relationship Manager for the WBC, and brings almost 20 years of financial...
Summertime is finally here. Warm weather brings more fun and happenings around the city. Columbus is blooming and events are booming! ECDI marks its 15-year anniversary this summer and will celebrate the journeys of...
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....

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