About ECDI

ECDI is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to serving underserved and underbanked small business owners. Our goal is to assure that every entrepreneur – regardless of where they came from, where they live, their gender or their race – has access to funding and the business mentoring services they need to succeed.

We're based in Columbus, with offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Canton and Toledo. For small business clients in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, we serve a one-stop resource center.

We are a leading SBA microloan intermediary, a certified Community Development Corporation, and Treasury-designated Community Development Financial Institution, we are proud to have assisted more than 17,000 individuals, disbursed over $63.7 million through more than 2,800 loans, and created and retained more than 9,000 jobs since 2004. 

Learn more in our latest Impact Report.

Updated reports posted per ECDI fiscal year end.

Our offices

Columbus   |   Cleveland   |   Cincinnati   |   Akron   |   Canton  |  Toledo  |  All

We invest in people, businesses and communities.

We believe that no entrepreneur should lack the resources they need to achieve their dreams.


Our Mission

Investing in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change.


Our Vision

We envision vibrant communities across our state of Ohio, each made distinct by the thriving and diverse small businesses that define their local character while enriching the lives of entrepreneurs and their families, employees and patrons.

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