We are compiling a list of resources helpful to those who utilize our services. Use the links below to help find information that's relevant to you.

Aviatra Accelerators

Enabling female entrepreneurs to build and manage businesses through mentoring, education and access to capital

Central Ohio Food Truck Association (COFTA)

The Central Ohio Food Truck Association (COFTA) is the industry association advocating for food truck owners and operators serving central Ohio. We were established to provide a platform for advocacy, communication and education for our members and the community they serve.

Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation

Helping people find new and better jobs and businesses maintain a capable workforce through its partnerships and expertise

Columbus Business First Portal

The Columbus Business First Portal gives ECDI Clients access to the most recent issues, special publications and Book of Lists online

Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Working to support Columbus' businesses with the resources and information they need to overcome obstacles for over 126 years

Columbus Foundation: PowerPhilanthropy

The Columbus Foundation's PowerPhilanthropy is the place to find information about 600 of central Ohio's non-profits.


Providing entrepreneurial development assistance and business consulting to start-up and emerging business owners for Ohio's minority and disadvantaged business community. Training programs regarding business startup and business plan development, branding and minority certification. 

Community Capital Development Corporation

Assisting businesses grow through affordable financing by providing low down payments, competitive interest rates, long-term financing, and economic development since 1981

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund

The CDFI Fund was created for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization and community development through investment in and assistance to community development financial institutions (CDFIs).

Dames Bond, LLC

Dames Bond is a business community that connects consumers to great product and services, provided by women business owners, while connecting women in business to resources, networking opportunities and learning experiences. 

Entrepreneurial Insights

Entrepreneurial Insights helps first time entrepreneurs make less mistakes by providing actionable guides and insights from leading entrepreneurs.

First Stop Business Connection

This resource is for business owners and other individuals who have questions about starting or managing small businesses, and/or who want referrals to local counselors.


Kiva is a global non-profit based in San Franciso. KIVA provides 0% interest loans for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the United States through crowd-funding. The three principles are expanding access to capital, lowering the cost of capital, and connecting entrepreneurs with a global community.  


Our Local Resource Database is a comprehensive list of programs, tools, organizations, businesses, and other entities that will help entrepreneurs be successful.

NCT Ventures

NCT Ventures is a venture capital firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build great companies. NCT invests in early stage companies focused on disruptive technologies that create efficiencies. 


The Ohio Development Services Agency helps improve access to capital and support for small- and minority-owned businesses

Ohio Department of Taxation

Virtually all businesses are now eligible for a 75% tax deduction on the first $250,000 of business income. This deduction is the centerpiece of a major tax reform package initiated by Ohio Governor John Kasich and approved by the Ohio General Assembly that produced the largest overall tax reduction in the country - $2.7 billion over three<

Ohio Small Business Administration

For information on licenses and permits, business mentoring and development, click here

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)

The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) help Ohio's businesses seeking to compete for federal, state, and local government contracts.


Education and mentoring services for small businesses to help them grow and succeed through education and mentorship

SEO Change Ohio

SEA CHANGE is a collaborative initiative that provides coaching, connections and capital to people who have big ideas to improve their community.

OUR MISSION is to connect resources, funders, innovators, and mentors to accelerate ideas from concept to successful social enterprise across the

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)

The Ohio SBDC Network includes specialty International Trade Assistance Centers and Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Centers.

Small Business Trends

A great resource for ECDI Clients looking for low cost and free legal advice for your business

The City of Columbus Small Business Builder

Opening a small business requires careful consideration of your market, a firm business plan, and the discipline to protect what is most important to you at this time–your financial capital.

United Way of Central Ohio

We bring together more than 80,000 donors, advocates and volunteers to help achieve our community's Bold Goals in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Home.