We have helped more than 2,000 business owners and created and retained 4,000 jobs via our comprehensive suite of programs available through our offices in Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio.
The Food Fort provides entrepreneurs with access to specialized training in legal, marketing, and sales assistance, 24/7 on-going technical assistance, a fully functioning commercialized kitchen for cooking and baking needs, and food safety & protection certification courses. Strategically located in a "food desert", as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture, The Food Fort gives its clients access to untapped markets and networks that help optimize employment opportunities.
Women's Business Center
Our Women's Business Center is a new initiative of the Economic & Community Development Institute. It is the only SBA-funded Women's Business Center in the state. Besides providing resources, the WBC can guide women who wish to own or expand a business. For these clients, a business assessment and one-on-one counseling sessions help Center staff understand your concerns and be able to provide direction and resources to help meet your goals. The Center staff want you to successfully start a business and help you expand that business thereby increasing revenue and creating jobs.
The Retail Incubation Supporting Entrepreneurs (RISE) is a developmental and support program for retailers that will create jobs, help stabilize older retail corridors and support the growth and maturation of existing small retail micro businesses within Franklin County.