Articles By: Kevin Brennan

Kevin joined Economic & Community Development Institute in June 2013. In his role as Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Kevin works with the other ECDI programs to help their marketing efforts, specifically through the use of various social media platforms. A Columbus native, Kevin attended The Ohio State University receiving his degree in Strategic Communications. He can be contacted via email at kbrennan@ecdi.org or by phone at 614-732-0573.

Bleu & Fig: Not Your Typical Catering Company

Bleu & Fig: Not Your Typical Catering Company
You are planning a party. The florist, the caterer, the decorator – everything must work in harmony. Often, as the host, you spend your time stressing over details rather than celebrating. Enter Bleu & Fig owners Regina Prange and Brooke Kinsey. Prange, with over 30 years experience in the...
May 22nd, 2014 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

The Modern Southern Table: Reinventing The Way We Think of Food Court Cuisine

The Modern Southern Table: Reinventing The Way We Think of Food Court Cuisine
At your typical mall in the Midwest, you expect to find your commonplace food offerings – an oversized pretzel diner, a fast-prepped, Asian inspired eatery, maybe even a sit-down restaurant where you can visit their dessert bar before you depart. Sure, they may curb your appetite while you’re...
April 24th, 2014 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

The Food Fort’s First Annual Showcase A Resounding Success

The Food Fort’s First Annual Showcase A Resounding Success
From zesty chipotle sliders to decadent blackberry sage donuts, The Food Fort’s first annual showcase attracted hundreds of hungry attendees eager for an introduction to the diversely talented “foodie-preneurs” that call The Food Fort Home. “We spent months coordinating so many moving parts,”...
March 27th, 2014 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Florence Freeman: The Food Fort Saves A Business

Florence Freeman: The Food Fort Saves A Business
When Florence Freeman moved to Columbus in 1996, she quickly realized there was an absence of ethnic food options in the state’s capital. “My first thought was, ‘All you guys eat here are hamburgers?’” Freeman says. “Chinese restaurants were the only other ethnic foods here. I was stunned....
February 27th, 2014 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Rhonda Fisher: From Behind The Salon Chair To Innovative Entrepreneur

Rhonda Fisher: From Behind The Salon Chair To Innovative Entrepreneur
When Rhonda Fisher opened Girl & Guy Republic, a vibrant hair salon located in the heart of The Short North, she immediately felt at home. The downtown district has proven to accept any and all new brand of businesses whole-heartedly, and Girl & Guy Republic with its unique concept, fit right...
January 23rd, 2014 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Year in Review: 2013 At ECDI

Year in Review: 2013 At ECDI
We got off to a fast start in 2013 with the opening of The Women’s Business Center of Ohio in January. The WBC, the only center of its kind funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration in Ohio, helps guide women through the challenges and joys of owning their own business. With access to office...
December 26th, 2013 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

At ECDI, Everyday is Small Business Saturday

At ECDI, Everyday is Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is a nationally recognized event aimed to support the 28 million small businesses all across the country. Placed strategically between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Shop Small Movement aims to increase customer traffic to small businesses throughout the busiest shopping weekend...
November 28th, 2013 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Basha Osman: Achieving The Financial Dream

Basha Osman: Achieving The Financial Dream
Realizing he’d never achieve financial freedom in his country of Somalia, Basha Osman left his homeland at the youthful age of seventeen. With nothing more then the passion to lift him and his family out of poverty, Osman fled to Canada, where he attended the Ottawa Technical Secondary School, learning...
September 26th, 2013 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More