ECDI, That Food Truck featured on “Nightline”

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 and to provide access to new markets for startup and existing businesses.

That Food Truck −a Food Fort member and an ECDI loan client, as well as a consulting client− gained national attention when ABC’s “Nightline” featured the business and ECDI last week.

ECDI was honored to be included in the program’s feature about the exciting mobile food scene here in Columbus, and excited to share the spotlight with That Food Truck. With the help of our comprehensive suite of services, such as training, capitalization and technical assistance, That Food Truck has achieved considerable success.

“Nightline’s” Reena Ninan followed That Food Truck Owners Steve Concilla and Dan Kraus over the course of three months to document the evolution of their business. Watch the segment below.

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Photo by Caroline Kraus of one.four studio.

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Douglas Craven has a passion for small business, creative entrepreneurs, and community development. As Director of Development and Marketing at ECDI, Douglas works closely with the CEO, President and Board of Directors in all development and fundraising efforts. Previously, Douglas was part of team Geben at Geben Communications, a PR firm that helps emerging brands and forward-thinking, established companies excel in a social world; Douglas managed teams, created strategy, crafted crisis communication and media amplification for national brands and large non-profits. With more than eight years with ECDI in various roles Douglas works tirelessly to find new resources and opportunities for the businesses they serve throughout Ohio.