Upcoming Events


Cleveland: class: Entrepreneurial Readiness Training

Thursday, Feb 23 12:00 PM

Small Business Ownership and Entrepreneurship: it all starts with an idea. Once you have that, ECDI can take you places. If you don’t know where to begin, our Entrepreneurial Readiness Info Training Session will help you get a handle on small business, and introduce you to ECDI’s small business lending. Once you complete this training session, you’re eligible for small business consultations, one-on-one assistance, additional small business training, and ultimately – small business loans for those who qualify.*

Our introductory Entrepreneurial Readiness Info Session will help you answer the following questions:

  • Do you think like an entrepreneur?
  • Have you asked yourself the important questions?
  • Have you considered the first 10 steps to starting a business?
  • Is your business idea feasible?
  • Do you have the information to start writing a business plan?

Please arrive to the Women's Business Center approximately 15 minutes prior to the beginning of class.  For special considerations, please contact Lauren Smith by phone at (216) 912-5665 or by email at lsmith@ecdi.org.

Please be advised that there is a $25.00 class fee if you are not currently a member of the WBC or Innovation Center. You will be expected to pay your fee upon arrival. Clients are encouraged to first attend an Info Session.

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Cleveland: class: Small Enterprise Education Development (S.E.E.D.) Training Series

Wednesday, Mar 01 6:00 PM
Price: $150.00

Sometimes even well-equipped entrepreneurs can find themselves in a rut, or just hungry for more information on small business success and growth. The Small Enterprise Education Development (SEED) Training Series is designed for entrepreneurs who are ready to enhance their business idea or expand an existing small enterprise into a viable and profitable business. Clients taking this course will focus on four critical developmental areas; business concept, organization, customer relations, and operations using the GrowthWheel® concept, an interactive tool that helps entrepreneurs develop their business through an action-oriented process. Clients will also complete homework assignments that will assist them in developing a business plan and 30/60/90-day action plan. 

Schedule

 Module 1: Business Concept
Wednesday March 1st, 2017. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

• Module 2: Organization
Wednesday March 8th, 2016. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

• Module 3: Customer Relations
Wednesday March 15th, 2017. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

• Module 4: Operations
Wednesday March 22nd, 2017. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cost: $150.00 for four-class series and certificate of completion. This series will be held at THE DEALERSHIP - 3558 LEE ROAD, SHAKER HEIGHTS OH 44120

Full series is required for start-up phase prospective ECDI lending clients. Clients are encouraged to attend an Info Session and Entrepreneurial Readiness beforehand. Registration closes 2 business days before the class or when the class is fully booked; series fills up quickly. Classes are subject to cancellation. Please arrive at The Dealership approximately 15 minutes prior to the beginning of class.  For special considerations, call Lauren Smith at (216) 912-5665.

Please be advised that an additional $50.00 may be required for materials if you have a business partner who will also attend. 

**PROMO CODES ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR THIS CLASS**

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Cleveland and Northern Ohio: class: Think Tank Thursday: Business Associations with Attorney Natalia Steele

Thursday, Mar 02 9:15AM
Price: $25.00

Attend this session and learn from a professional in the area of “Business Associations.”  Understand the importance of the treatment of one’s legal entity, whether LLC, S-Corp or C-Corp.  It matters for potential personal liability situation that a business may face.  Bring your questions, and your notebook, as this session will be packed with information important for all business owners.

2800 Euclid Ave. Ste. 509

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Cleveland: class: ECDI Info Session

Tuesday, Mar 07 12:00 PM

ECDI presents a brief overview presentation to inform prospective ECDI clients and partners about programs to develop, fund, and launch a business.  The information session will also explain ECDI program requirements, follow-ups, and procedures. Program is required for prospective ECDI clients; must register in advance. This session will be held at ECDI Cleveland, 2800 Euclid Avenue Suite 509, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

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Cleveland: class: Leveraging Capital To Grow Your Business: Panel Discussion

Tuesday, Mar 07 6:00 PM

Join us to hear from a panel about financial resources available to small business owners from our diverse panel of lending institutions.
​Attendees will learn which types of financing are most appropriate for their needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, alternatives to traditional bank loans, and tips on improving their chances for success

Panel:
Patricia Ramsey, VP of Community and Economic Develoment, Fifth Third Bank

Bryan Edwards, Relationship Manager, ECDI

Aaron O'Brien, Governance & Securities Counsel, Baker Hostetler

Moderator: Nicole Liatos, Program Coordinator, Women’s Business Center

Can't Make This One? This Panel will be held on the following dates at the noted locations:

Tuesday, March 7 6:00 pm Spaces & Co, 1536 ST. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, March 14 6:00 pm Sail Lofts Coworking, 3535 Perkins Avenue, Cleveland, OH
Thursday, April 13 9:15 am Women’s Business Center
Tuesday, April 25 6:00 pm The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, OH
Thursday, June 8 9:15 am Women’s Business Center, 2800 Euclid Ave. #509
Thursday, Sept 14 9:15 am Women’s Business Center, 2800 Euclid Ave. #509

Tuesday, March 7 6:00 pm Spaces & Co, 1536 ST. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH

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Cleveland: class: Leveraging Capital to Grow Your Business: Panel Discussion

Tuesday, Mar 14 6:00 PM

Join us to hear from a panel about financial resources available to small business owners from our diverse panel of lending institutions.
​Attendees will learn which types of financing are most appropriate for their needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, alternatives to traditional bank loans, and tips on improving their chances for success


Moderator: Jan Conrad, Director, Women’s Business Center

Can't Make This One? This Panel will be held on the following dates at the noted locations:

Thursday, April 13 9:15 am Women’s Business Center
Tuesday, April 25 6:00 pm The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, OH
Thursday, June 8 9:15 am Women’s Business Center, 2800 Euclid Ave. #509
Thursday, Sept 14 9:15 am Women’s Business Center, 2800 Euclid Ave. #509

Tuesday, March 14 6:00 pm Sail Lofts Coworking, 3535 Perkins Avenue, Cleveland, OH

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Cleveland: class: FDIC: Banking Services

Thursday, Mar 16 9:15 AM
Price: $10.00

Banking Services

After completing this module, participants will be ablet to:

  • Recognize the most common banking services for small business, including merchant services, payroll processing, business credit and others
  • Understand how other small business owners decide which banking services to use
  • evaluate the applicability fo each of banking service to their business needs

Presented by Huntington Bank

WBC members contact Alexis at acoffey@ecdi.org for your promo code.

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Cleveland: class: ECDI Info Session

Tuesday, Mar 21 12:00 PM

ECDI presents a brief overview presentation to inform prospective ECDI clients and partners about programs to develop, fund, and launch a business.  The information session will also explain ECDI program requirements, follow-ups, and procedures. Program is required for prospective ECDI clients; must register in advance. This session will be held at ECDI Cleveland, 2800 Euclid Avenue Suite 509, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

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Cleveland: class: Entrepreneurial Readiness Training

Thursday, Mar 30 12:00 PM

Small Business Ownership and Entrepreneurship: it all starts with an idea. Once you have that, ECDI can take you places. If you don’t know where to begin, our Entrepreneurial Readiness Info Training Session will help you get a handle on small business, and introduce you to ECDI’s small business lending. Once you complete this training session, you’re eligible for small business consultations, one-on-one assistance, additional small business training, and ultimately – small business loans for those who qualify.*

Our introductory Entrepreneurial Readiness Info Session will help you answer the following questions:

  • Do you think like an entrepreneur?
  • Have you asked yourself the important questions?
  • Have you considered the first 10 steps to starting a business?
  • Is your business idea feasible?
  • Do you have the information to start writing a business plan?

Please arrive to the Women's Business Center approximately 15 minutes prior to the beginning of class.  For special considerations, please contact Lauren Smith by phone at (216) 912-5665 or by email at lsmith@ecdi.org.

Please be advised that there is a $25.00 class fee if you are not currently a member of the WBC or Innovation Center. You will be expected to pay your fee upon arrival. Clients are encouraged to first attend an Info Session.

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Cleveland: class: FDIC: Recordkeeping

Thursday, Apr 06 9:15 AM
Price: $10.00

Recordkeeping:

After completing this module, the participants will be able to:

  • Improve their overall recordkeeping practices
  • Apply tricks and tools relevent to their business
  • choose among various software to support their recordkeeping

Presented by Christine Bretz, CPA

WBC members please contact Alexis at acoffey@ecdi.org for your promo code.

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Cleveland: class: Leveraging Capital To Grow Your Business

Thursday, Apr 13 9:15 AM

Join us to hear from a panel about financial resources available to small business owners from our diverse panel of lending institutions.
​Attendees will learn which types of financing are most appropriate for their needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, alternatives to traditional bank loans, and tips on improving their chances for success

Can't make this one? You can catch this panel at the below dates, and noted lcoations:
Moderator: Jan Conrad, Director, Women’s Business Center

Tuesday, April 25 6:00 pm The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, OH
Thursday, June 8 9:15 am Women’s Business Center
Thursday, Sept 14 9:15 am Women’s Business Center

Thursday, April 13 9:15 am Women’s Business Center

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Cleveland: class: Leveraging Capital To Grow Your Business

Tuesday, Apr 25 6:00 PM

Join us to hear from a panel about financial resources available to small business owners from our diverse panel of lending institutions.
​Attendees will learn which types of financing are most appropriate for their needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, alternatives to traditional bank loans, and tips on improving their chances for success

Can't make this one? You can catch this panel at the below dates, and noted lcoations:
Moderator: Jan Conrad, Director, Women’s Business Center

Tuesday, April 25 6:00 pm The Dealership, 3558 Lee Road, Shaker Heights, OH
Thursday, June 8 9:15 am Women’s Business Center
Thursday, Sept 14 9:15 am Women’s Business Center

 

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Cleveland: class: Leveraging Capital to Grow Your Business

Thursday, Jun 08 9:15 AM

Join us to hear from a panel about financial resources available to small business owners from our diverse panel of lending institutions.
​Attendees will learn which types of financing are most appropriate for their needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, alternatives to traditional bank loans, and tips on improving their chances for success

Can't make this one? You can catch this panel at the below dates, and noted lcoations:
Moderator: Jan Conrad, Director, Women’s Business Center

Thursday, June 8 9:15 am Women’s Business Center
Thursday, Sept 14 9:15 am Women’s Business Center

 

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Cleveland: class: Leveraging Capital to Grow Your Business

Thursday, Sep 14 9:15 AM

Join us to hear from a panel about financial resources available to small business owners from our diverse panel of lending institutions.
​Attendees will learn which types of financing are most appropriate for their needs, what lenders look for in potential borrowers, alternatives to traditional bank loans, and tips on improving their chances for success

Can't make this one? You can catch this panel at the below dates, and noted lcoations:
Moderator: Jan Conrad, Director, Women’s Business Center

Thursday, Sept 14 9:15 am Women’s Business Center

 

Register