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Small Business Education

Find the resources you need, from courses on business basics to matching with a professional mentor

In our Educate-Invest-Innovate model, ECDI focuses on growing entrepreneurs as individuals.

 

ECDI's Women's Business Centers (WBCs) provide a hub for holistic entrepreneur education including training, mentoring and resources. From business basics to succession strategies, we serve all under-served small business owners (including women and men). Through our WBCs, Ohio entrepreneurs have access to workshops, online resources, professional networks, one-on-one mentoring, advice and more.

For some entrepreneurs, training through ECDI or a WBC may enable them to be loan ready. And for some, matching with a mentor for expert advice may enable them to reach a higher level of growth. The ability to provide the education and training needed to strengthen each entrepreneur is one aspect that makes ECDI different than a traditional lender.

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  • Start here, grow here: Expertise to guide entrepreneurs at any stage of the business process 

  • One-on-one counseling sessions with staff or specialized experts

  • Individualized advice, coaching and access to free tools for women (and men!)

WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTERS OF OHIO

  • Benefit of your WBC Membership

  • Confidential, in-person business consulting

  • Network of seasoned execs  in your city with a sincere passion for helping small businesses succeed

  • Designed to help motivated small business owners reach the next level

PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY NETWORK

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  • A wide range of digital resources for quick reference, self-paced learning, research and more 

  • Videos and training modules covering various business areas

  • Business templates​, ranging from financial projections to digital marketing plans
     

WEB-BASED EDUCATION AND TOOLS

  • Designed to remove barriers for minority-owned commercial contractors  by providing coaching, capital and connections

  • Starts with loan readiness training and includes ongoing assistance and connections to contract opportunities

CAPITAL FOR CONSTRUCTION

  • Entrepreneur training on a diverse range of topics including business basics, marketing, HR, financial, legal and more.

  • Classes and workshops offered regularly (typically weekly or more)

  • Insight from experts in diverse fields

TRAINING AND EDUCATION EVENTS

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  • Benefit of your WBC Membership

  • A unique, multi-leveled business skills training program created to help start or grow a business

  • Guides you through developing your plan, from articulating your idea through to publishing it

DREAMBUILDER BUSINESS PLANNING

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