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ECDI is an approved lender for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
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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.

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

What We Do

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

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):


in loans distributed


jobs created or retained


economically disadvantaged

Entrepreneurs served by ECDI are:
(numbers are running median)


African American




new American

"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.


My business would not exist without ECDI. >>

Michelle Allen

Mmelo Boutique Confections

ECDI continues to help us every step of the way...

Lisa Gutierrez

Dos Hermanos Tacos

I got an email saying, 'We're here to help.'...

John Rush

Third Way Cafe

Benefits of Working with ECDI


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.


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.


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


ECDI is one of the top U.S. SBA intermediary microlenders with a mission to invest in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change. ECDI provides responsible, affordable lending and comprehensive small business development services to help underbanked people and communities join the economic mainstream. ECDI’s target population includes low-moderate income individuals, minorities, women, immigrants, and refugees, and those otherwise precluded from funding from a traditional financial institution.

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