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Easton Healthcare creates more than 145 local jobs

Friday, July 22, 2016

Many immigrants who resettle to the United States know that owning their own business can lead to a better life for their families and bring them to the financial mainstream. However, without access to financing, few small businesses can scale up and become profitable.

Josephine Talieh came to the United States from Cameroon in 1993. For nine years, she struggled to support her three children and mother, working long hours at minimum wage.

In 2002, she stretched her personal savings and was able to launch Easton Healthcare. Her vision was to offer in-home nursing and personal care services that far exceeded the standards of her competitors. In addition to health care services, Talieh shopped for her clients’ groceries, and even helped them get out of their homes to attend social events.

For six years, Talieh grew her business and supported her entire family as the only employee. The demand for her services increased, and in 2008 she was ready to hire assistance and rent a larger office. Because her credit history and citizenship status excluded her from the financing she needed, she came to ECDI.

Through ECDI’s programs, she was able to receive the capitalization and one-on-one assistance needed to expand her business. Easton Healthcare has enjoyed strong growth over the past several years. From 2008-2011, the company’s revenues increased 30 percent; from 2011 to 2015, revenues grew an additional 60 percent. And Easton Healthcare’s growth trajectory has included the creation more than 145 jobs.

A major catalyst for this growth, Talieh has broadened her residential nursing services to include seven counties, and is exploring additional expansion to the Cleveland area. Additionally, in 2013, the opportunistic Talieh expanded her in-home nursing and personal care model to the mentally disabled population. Without a loan from ECDI, and loan capital from the Columbus Foundation, Talieh’s business growth and its associated positive impact would never have been possible.

Photo Credit: Metropreneur

Talieh’s success is a testament to her perseverance and strength of character. In addition to building a profitable and expanding business, she is currently finishing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Healthcare Management at Franklin University.

Talieh’s accomplishments also speak to the powerful role that microenterprise development plays in creating and retaining jobs. Since inception in 2004, ECDI has assisted over 8,500 individuals, disbursed over $33 million through over 1,600 loans, and created and retained over 5,900 jobs via our comprehensive suite of programs. Every business and job created or retained equates to state and local tax dollars. In addition, ECDI has brought millions of federal dollars into the local economy and has helped keep those dollars circulating locally through small business capitalization.