Nicole Perrin-Hill's ambition of owning a beauty institute took root in childhood. "I've always had a passion for the beauty industry," says Perrin-Hill. "Ever since I was a little girl, I would take my dolls and give them all a different...
Kamala Colbert has her eyes on the horizon, always looking for new experiences and new ways to look at the world. Colbert’s path to entrepreneurship was long and complex, but it was this attitude that helped her succeed. Colbert grew...
In 2010, the Economic and Community Development Institute launched the Food Fort− a mobile food cart commissary, commercial kitchen and bakery, and food business incubator. The primary goals of the Food Fort are to help new businesses get off the ground...
"We believe that America's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work, when the wages of honest labor will...
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,...
The pop-up restaurant concept is nothing new to Columbus. You may have paid a visit to Little Eater’s pop-up at The Hills Market Downtown this past fall. Chances are you have heard about Hot Chicken Takeover’s pop-up success in...
Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI), in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co., recently launched a new program titled “Capital For Construction” that addresses financing gaps minority-owned construction subcontractors face when submitting bids for large-scale construction contracts. ECDI’s Jesse Mark,...
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...

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