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Investing in the growth of small business

Training, loans, advice & more.

Welcome to your single-stop resource for entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs, start the process for COVID support, working capital or other business loans.

Help us provide Ohio entrepreneurs with COVID relief, training and more.

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Educate

ECDI is more than a lender. We offer  training and mentoring needed to develop successful entrepreneurs. 

What We Do

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Invest

Unfortunately, not every business owner has equitable access to funding. It's our job to change that.

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Innovate

ECDI's Innovation Centers provide the infrastructure that allows entrepreneurs to make meaningful innovations.

ECDI Blog: Small Business Tips, News and More

ECDI's Impact in Ohio

Since 2004 (updated quarterly):

$91.6M

in loans distributed

13,097

jobs created or retained

47%

economically disadvantaged

Entrepreneurs served by ECDI are:
(running median)

62%

African American

49%

women

16%

new American

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"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.

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Michelle Allen

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. 

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Lisa Gutierrez

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.

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John Rush

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. 

ONE-STOP RESOURCE

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.

Upcoming Education and Events