Faces of Small Business

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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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Top Chef Judge Tom Colicchio Visits ECDI!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

   It’s not every day that one of the most recognizable chefs in the world comes to Columbus. Tom Colicchio, producer and judge on Bravo’s hit TV show, Top Chef, was in Columbus this week to present the Plate of the Union Campus Challenge Award to The Ohio State University for ...

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The Day Of Errands: ECDI's B2B Directory

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Connected. ECDI’s soon-to-be launched Business-to-Business (B2B) Directory is the largest directory of small business owners from across the state of Ohio. The directory, which currently showcases profiles of ECDI lending clients and will later include clients from other...

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ECDI Helps Iraqi Refugee Navigate Cleveland Small Business Ecosystem

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Naseer Abbas Alzubaidy came to the USA five years ago with his wife and three sons from Iraq, where he worked as a translator for the American military. He quickly found work as a driver for FedEx Home Delivery, and was able to provide a stable life for his family. Full time work was just the beginn...

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