The Economic and Community Development Institute

How We Help

Women's Business Center of Ohio Now Open

The Women’s Business Center of Ohio, powered by ECDI, is the only U.S. Small Business Administration-funded Women’s Business Center in the state. Your membership card provides access to a furnished space that may be used anytime during office hours, as well as the following amenities and benefits:

• Access to Laptops and PC’s  • Wireless Internet Available  • Free Core Business Classes  • Notary Services    • Industry Round Tables  • Printing Services  • Biz to Biz Profile Page  • One on One Counseling  • Light Refreshments

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Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)

Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are matched savings accounts that enable families to save, build assets, and enter the financial mainstream. IDAs reward the monthly savings of income eligible families who are building towards purchasing an asset - most commonly buying their first home, paying for post-secondary education, or starting a small business. read more »

Small Business Loans

The Economic and Community Development Institute's Small Business Loan Program provides loans in amounts up to $350,000 to start-up, newly-established, or growing microenterprises in Central Ohio and Southwest Ohio. Under this program, the Institute is able to make loans to low and moderate income entrepreneurs, or to those with insufficient credit histories to qualify for a loan through a traditional financial institution. Rates and terms depend on the risk, size, and profitability of the business as well as the needsof the borrower; however, these interest rates are fixed.  In addition to traditional, fixed-rate loan products, interest-free, fee-based loans are available for borrowers whose religious beliefs preclude them from paying interest.  read more »

Home Repair Program

The Economic and Community Development Institute's Home Repair program’s primary goal is to decrease the number of senior citizens or disabled persons in Central Ohio who live in unsafe or inaccessible homes.  These conditions, if not corrected, can lead to more substantial damage from deferred maintenance or even the loss of the home.  The program achieves this goal by performing work necessary to correct substandard, unsanitary, or deteriorated conditions that create an imminent danger to health and safety. The Institute is able to pay for the cost of repairs based on eligibility and availability of funding. In order to be eligible for the Minor home Repair program, a participant must be at least 60-years old or disabled, own his or her home, fall within the income levels specified by the program’s funders, and meet other eligibility requirements as specified by the program’s funders. read more »

Children's Health Insurance Enrollment

Small businesses often encounter barriers in providing health insurance to their employees. However, children and teens of small business owners and their employees may be eligible for no-cost health insurance that covers prescriptions, dental care, doctor visits, vision care, transportation, and more. ECDI provides assistance in enrolling and reenrolling eligible families in these plans. read more »

ECDI Training Institute

The ECDI Training Institute has extensive training and technical assistance available to help our clients acquire the knowledge and tools you need to succeed. The institute provides general microenterprise development training courses, during which entrepreneurs are given the tools needed to start and successfully manage a business. In addition to general microenterprise development training, the Institute offers financial literacy, and other generalized training geared towards specific industries such as food-based or home-based childcare businesses. If you need additional help, the institute staff is available to address your needs one-on-one through our mentoring program

Whether you’re in the process of applying for an ECDI loan or grant or have just pinpointed some things that you’d like to learn in order to continue to grow your business, ECDI is pleased to offer flexible learning options through our new online portal. If you are a first-time entrepreneur or if online education is not for you, please register for classroom courses at If you have an established business and online education fits your schedule and learning style, please click on get started.. read more »

ECDI has helped people just like you!

ECDI has helped people just like you!


Dr. Audrey Todd
Food for Good Thought
"Basically, I wouldn't have been able to get the equipment without ECDI." read more »

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Barbie Luna
Luna Burger

"The classes were helpful and a good way to meet other small business folks." read more »


David Nedrow,
Grandview Theatre
"We used the ECDI loan for technical upgrades and equipment upgrades." read more »

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Economic and Community Development Institute1655 Old Leonard AvenueColumbus, OH 43219
Phone: (614) 559-0115Fax: (614) 732-0986
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