Faces of Small Business

As banks lend less to small business owners, predatory online lending practices are on the rise

Thursday, January 26, 2017

“I was told I was receiving a $50,000 loan but the lender actually opened up 13 different credit card accounts in my name totaling $50,000, and immediately deducted “loan origination fees” from each account. I didn’t receive my first bill for three months after I had already ...

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Jovanna Robinson, A WBC Success Story

Monday, December 19, 2016

In 2012, Jovanna Robinson, a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design, made the decision to follow her passion and design her own brand of luxury handbags, Tohni Bekka. Three short years later, demand for her products has soared, and Robinson’s advertisements are now visible in edit...

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The Confluence Cast Podcast: Launching A Business In Columbus Featuring ECDI Founder & CEO Inna Kinney

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Confluence Cast presented by CU: Launching A Business In Columbus Interview with Inna Kinney, Founder & CEO, ECDI     Tim Fulton: What is ECDI?   Inna Kinney: ECDI is a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their businesses and we provide a myriad of servi...

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Columbus Business First | Old North Arcade owner: The bank laughed me out of the office, so here's what I did instead

Friday, October 14, 2016

There are myriad challenges for those trying to launch a business, and landing bank financing may be the toughest task of all. Just ask Ben Morgan, owner of Old North Arcade in Columbus. He started developing the concept for his bar and arcade in 2013, confident he could tap into a trend in which fu...

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ECDI Cleveland | From West Africa to West Boulevard: an artist's journey

Friday, October 07, 2016

Born in Accra, Ghana, West African artist Harry Larweh uses African mahogany and Rosewood for his craft. He reimagines the beautiful wood into meticulously carved tables, wall hangings, chairs and both small and enormous works of art. Touring the vast inventory throughout his garage and backyard wor...

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