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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?

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Small Business Lending

We provide low-barrier, responsible loan capital for entrepreneurs who fall through the cracks in the traditional lending system.

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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.

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Support Our Mission

If you share our passion for small business and all the benefits they bring to our communities, there are many ways you can contribute. 

ECDI's Impact in Ohio

Since 2004 (updated quarterly):

$155M

in loans distributed

17,000

jobs created or retained

47%

economically disadvantaged

Entrepreneurs served by ECDI are:
(running median)

64%

African American

49%

women

18%

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

Support Small Businesses Today

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Educate

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

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Invest

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.

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Innovate

ECDI's innovative approach to solving complex societal and systemic issues consistently brings about new offerings for entrepreneurs.

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