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Columbus: class: Business Information Session

Thursday, Mar 23 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

A forty-five minute presentation to inform prospective ECDI clients 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 training and lending clients and is highly recommended for any other prospective ECDI client. This session will be held at ECDI Business Innovation Center, 1655 Old Leonard Ave., Columbus, OH 43219.

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Columbus: class: Mastering Instagram: Engagement, Photography, and Beyond

Wednesday, Mar 29 1:00 PM

Within a few short years Instagram has grown to be one of the most widely used social media platforms to date. Recent research suggests that more people than ever before (especially millennials) are posting photos of their food online. Learn how to drive more business and connect to new audiences by taking visually appealing photos with your phone, posting engaging content, and building a community. Bring your phones and plenty of questions!


Brought to you by The Growing Collective. 


Columbus and Southern Ohio: event: Women Rule! A BizBash to Celebrate Women's History Month

Thursday, Mar 30 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate all the amazing things that women have accomplished - old and new! 

The event will include a message from a keynote speaker with light food and beverages provided. 



Columbus and Southern Ohio: class: Stand Out! Unlock Your Personal Brand

Saturday, Apr 01 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

You are "branded" with distinction. You were born with a distinctive personal brand. It's what you possess that no one else does. It's what set you apart from your competitors. It's time to be unapologetic about the distinction that you bring to the marketplace. Whatever is your distinction, it's time to embrace and highlight it. The Stand Out Brand Workshop will assist you to unlock your brand distinction and attract MORE ideal clients and generate MORE cash and profits.


This event is being provided free of charge to celebrate the end of a successful Women’s History Month! This training is being provided by an outside partner and you MUST register using their site. Click here to be taken to their registration site. 




Columbus and Southern Ohio: event: ECDI presents ... Client Headshot Event

Saturday, Apr 08 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Price: $55.00

ECDI and the Women’s Business Center are offering professional headshots at a very reasonable price.

With social media and an online presence playing such a huge role today in the success of a business, it is very important that your image projects you and your business in the most favorable way.

For only  $55.00 you will get time with a professional photographer, and a choice of image delivered to you in a high resolution and website ready file.  Make-up artists will also be on hand to help you look your best. If available, you are welcome to bring product samples or props that identify your business. As appropriate, these may be utilized in your photo.


Columbus and Southern Ohio: class: Pencil Yourself In: How to Combine Self Care and Time Management

Tuesday, Apr 11 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Price: $10.00

It can be a struggle to set aside your valuable time to take care of yourself. But, self care is vital to running your own business. Learning to manage your time means more flexibility in your schedule, less overall stress, and guaranteed time to focus on your most precious asset: yourself.

Join Yolande Devoe of Holistic Alchemy as she leads you through strategies that will booster your performance, your attitude and your business so you can start down your path to sustainable well being.


Columbus and Southern Ohio: class: Get More! How to Craft an Alluring Message

Thursday, Apr 13 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Price: $20.00

   Negotiation is one of the few business skills we use every day. It gives you the unique opportunity to increase profit margins without making substantive changes to your business model or strategy. It not only allows you to get more for your business, it also allows you to save more on expenses and, most importantly, strengthen key relationships with internal stakeholders and clients.

This interactive presentation will be as fun as it is informative. You will not only discover the keys to negotiation and persuasion, you will also have the opportunity to practice your skills in a live negotiation simulation.

Guest Speaker: Christian Kwame Esq., MA is a lawyer who focuses on serving the needs of small businesses. He graduated from the top ranked dispute resolution program in the country and he was recognized by the American Bar Association for his success in regional and national negotiation competitions during law school. He also founded and operates a consulting firm that specializes in teaching entrepreneurs and professionals how to negotiate in the business world and resolve disputes. 


Columbus and Southern Ohio: class: Foundations of Blogging

Tuesday, Apr 18 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Price: $10.00

There are millions of blogs out there, and chances are, there are already dozens about the subject you'd like to tackle. So how will your blog stand out above the rest? Join Rae Reed, Executive Writer & Editor for WordUp Content as she walks you through the key ingredients of successful blogs and the essential practices of successful bloggers.


Columbus and Southern Ohio: class: Google Friday: Set Goals with Google Analytics

Friday, Apr 21 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

What do visitors do on your website? This workshops shows you how to understand and measure customer behavior on your site. We show you how to set up measurement goals and use the data to make better business decisions and grow your business online.