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 start an application and gain access to all the resources we offer:


> 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 Black or other minority and female construction industry contractors fast track their growth.


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ECDI is one of the top U.S. SBA intermediary microlenders with a mission to invest in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change. ECDI provides responsible, affordable lending and comprehensive small business development services to help underbanked people and communities join the economic mainstream. ECDI’s target population includes low-moderate income individuals, minorities, women, immigrants, and refugees, and those otherwise precluded from funding from a traditional financial institution.

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