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...
Recent Atlanta transplant, Ramona Mills learned firsthand what it meant to start up a full-service residential real estate business. As she began to realize she needed capital to make leasehold improvements and purchase operating equipment, her most glaring initial...
UPDATE: This event has been postponed. Details will be coming soon about a new date with additional information! Thanks! Small business ownership is not for everyone. There are plenty of ups and downs, sleepless nights and exhilarating achievements. A person...
ECDI has a proven track record serving non-tech, “Main Street” businesses, often those deemed by traditional financial institutions as too risky to support. These include food, retail, service, and transportation focused businesses, as well as health and wellness startups...
ECDI has long been a supporter of local food-based businesses through its training and small business funding programs, in addition to its Food Fort kitchen incubator, and has worked to help launch a range of food-based businesses, including restaurants,...

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