Start Up Businesses

ECDI is where small business dreams become reality.

From idea, to business plan, to launch and beyond, ECDI is a single-stop resource for budding entrepreneurs. We've had the pleasure of helping hundreds of small businesses get started on the right foot.

For start-up entrepreneurs in any industry, here are just a few of the offerings available to support at various stages in the new business process:

I've got a great business idea

You've come to the right place to get started with:

 

  • One-on-one mentoring

 

  • Business plan development assistance 

I've got a plan

(now what do I do?)

Start your business on the right foot with:

  • Business plan vetting and review.

 

  • Assistance with financial projections

 

  • Financial literacy training and loan advising

I'm vetted, primed and ready to launch

Let's knock down any barriers in your way with:

 

 

  • Co-working space with meeting rooms

 

  • Commercial kitchen for food-based businesses

I'm experienced, and planning a new gig

Even entrepreneurs with a proven track record can use support sometimes:

  • Access to loan capital

  • Succession planning resources

Whatever phase you're in, you don't have to go it alone!

Even if a small business loan is not in your plans right now, it's a great time to fill out a loan inquiry form and gain access to all the resources we offer:

Resources: 

> Our Women's ​Business Centers provide a wealth of education and resources that are especially valuable for start-ups and new business owners.

> Hundreds of food-focused businesses have gotten their start at ECDI Food Fort, an innovation and incubation center for restaurants and other epicurean enterprises.

> Capital for Construction is a program that was developed to help African American and other minority construction industry contractors fast track their growth.

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