At ECDI, we invest in people, connecting our resources with entrepreneurs who wish to start or expand their businesses. We fill a gap in the credit industry by offering small business loans ranging from $500 to $350,000 to entrepreneurs.

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Our training institute provides knowledge and guidance for successful development and management of small businesses. We offer a large variety of classes which are taught by professional trainers and small business experts.

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ECDI operates a truly comprehensive suite of specialized programming for our entrepreneurs, including our WIN, RISE, Women's Business Center, and Food Fort programs. 

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Economic Community Development Institute: Investing in People, Businesses & Communities in Ohio

Our Mission

ECDI's mission is to invest in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change.Since its inception in 2004, ECDI has assisted over 9,700 individuals, and has disbursed over $36 million in loans. How do we do this? We invest, educate, and innovate with the businesses and people who are inspired and who inspire us.

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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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