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Investing in the growth of small business

Training, loans, advice & more.

Welcome to your single-stop resource for entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs, apply for COVID support, pivot loans or other business capital.

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.

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ECDI's Impact in Ohio

Since 2004:

$68M

in loans distributed

9,756

jobs created or retained

52%

economically disadvantaged

Entrepreneurs served by ECDI are:

60%

people of color

42%

women

32%

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.

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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

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.

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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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