With all the recent development enhancing Central Ohio it would seem that there should be ample commercial construction project bids up for grabs for both general contractors and smaller subcontractors. Larger construction firms have shown the willingness to work...
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...
Since 2004, ECDI has assisted Ohio’s entrepreneurs in a myriad of ways. From providing capital to entrepreneurs looking to expand their businesses, to working with refugee clients to better understand U.S. working culture, we strive to offer one-stop-shop business...
Small Business Saturday is a nationally recognized event aimed to support the 28 million small businesses all across the country. Placed strategically between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Shop Small Movement aims to increase customer traffic to small...
Economic & Community Development Institute, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co., recently launched a new program that aims to address the financing gap minority-owned construction subcontractors are faced with when submitting bids for large-scale construction contracts. As mentioned in...
Many immigrants to the United States know that owning their own business could lead to a better life for their families and become a road to the financial mainstream. However, without access to financing, many very small businesses cannot...
Considered the best local small business resource in Columbus, the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) is a hidden gem for small business owners in Ohio. As the third largest Small Business Administration (SBA) micro-lender in the U.S., and...
When Retta Tegegne arrived in the United States with his wife and three children in 2004, he left behind his twelve-year career as a civil engineer in his home country of Ethiopia. While working unskilled jobs to make ends...

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