Investing in the growth of small business
Funding. Training. Mentoring. More.
Welcome to your single-stop resource for entrepreneurs.
Whether you're looking for funding, an industry mentor, or other business services — get started here.
How can we help you today?
Incubation & Training
Our Business Incubation and Innovation Center (BIIC) is a single-stop small business hub. Find expert help, gain skills through our trainings and programs.
ECDI's Impact in Ohio
Since 2004 (updated quarterly):
in loans distributed
jobs created or retained
Entrepreneurs served by ECDI are:
"ECDI's impact on the Ohio economy comfortably exceeds $1 billion annually, stemming from locally owned, locally serving businesses."
Overall Economic Impact Study of ECDI's Lending to Ohio Entrepreneurs by Bill Lafayette, Ph.D.
Mmelo Boutique Confections
My business would not exist without ECDI. I’ve squeezed every service out of the organization that I can, and that they’ve lovingly given to me. I've gotten help with financial, HR and legal matters in addition to funding. I cannot overstate how foundational my relationship is to ECDI.
Dos Hermanos Tacos
ECDI continues to help us every step of the way …It amazes me the work that this small nonprofit does in this community and how dedicated they are to seeing that small businesses make it to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Third Way Café
I got an email saying, 'We're here to help.' I might not have thought about asking for help, if ECDI hadn't been proactive in reaching out to clients. Having access to dollars allowed us to navigate through COVID and the unpredictability of sales. We've been able to think about not just surviving, but growing.
Benefits of Working with ECDI
SUPPORT FOR ANY STAGE
Whether you've got a great idea and need help turning it into a business plan, or you're an established company looking to expand, we're here to help.
HELP FOR EVERY ENTREPRENEUR
We have one job: helping small businesses succeed. If you aren't ready to receive a loan right now, we have resources to help you get ready.
Training, expert advisors, networking, ongoing support, access to funding - it's all right here. Develop one relationship and find everything you need.
RESPONSIBLE, AFFORDABLE LENDING
Our mission is to create enduring social and economic change. As a nonprofit, we're not here to make a buck. We're here to help create lasting small businesses.
It takes more than loan funding to cultivate a successful small business. ECDI helps to transform entrepreneurs into well-rounded businesspeople, to exponentially increase their rate of success.
What We Do
Unfortunately, not every business owner has equitable access to funding. It's our job to change that with equitable access to responsible, affordable loan capital.
ECDI's innovative approach to solving complex societal and systemic issues consistently brings about new offerings for entrepreneurs.