Archive for the ‘ECDI Spotlight’ Category

ECDI’s Minor Home Repair Program: Helping Those Who Help Others

ECDI’s Minor Home Repair Program: Helping Those Who Help Others
When it comes to economic development, there is, as they say, more than one way to skin a rabbit. ECDI’s Minor Home Repair Program, funded by the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the State of Ohio, is an example of a program that provides a layered type of economic and community development that...
January 28th, 2016 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Starting Over Again: One Refugee Entrepreneur’s Path To Success

Starting Over Again: One Refugee Entrepreneur’s Path To Success
Like all refugees, Mukhlid Shaikhil came to America in search of a better life than the one he had left behind. While Shaikhil was a talented civil engineer in Iraq, a stagnant economy and poor prospects led him to Jordan in 2000 where he worked as an electronics technician, but lacked the rights of...
December 24th, 2015 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

ECDI Makes Its Mark On The North Market

ECDI Makes Its Mark On The North Market
Not much in this world sells itself. Like cat videos, bacon and Buckeye football, the North Market is a ubiquitous staple of downtown Columbus that needs no marketing team to assert its presence. A bastion of locally-produced food products ranging from grass-fed beef, pork and poultry to produce and...
November 29th, 2015 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Organic Growth: Columbus Spa Blooms

Organic Growth: Columbus Spa Blooms
Nestled in a cozy brick home in the Discovery District, one of the first things that you are struck by as you walk into Replenish is the calming sense of warmth that radiates throughout the building. Every object within seems to convey an intimate personal message, and nothing seems out of place. Plush...
October 22nd, 2015 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Sell-Out Crowd Supports Women’s Business Center

Sell-Out Crowd Supports Women’s Business Center
Last Thursday, the Central Ohio community came together for the second annual Women’s Business Center luncheon. “We were pleased to have increased seating capacity and to once again have a sellout crowd,” says Patty Tumen, vice president of Women’s Business Centers of Ohio. “The...
September 24th, 2015 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Women’s Business Center Spotlight: Vernita Johnson, Owner Shy-Stones

Women’s Business Center Spotlight: Vernita Johnson, Owner Shy-Stones
Shi-Ly-Ku, which translates into “women of virtue, queenly anointed” is the inspiration behind Shy-Stones, a jewelry business owned and operated by Vernita Johnson. Flawed, semi-precious stones, metals and crystals are mixed together to create one-of-a-kind pieces of “wearable art” designed...
August 27th, 2015 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

The Food Fort, Powered by ECDI, Gears Up for its 2nd Annual QFM96 Food Truck Festival

The Food Fort, Powered by ECDI, Gears Up for its 2nd Annual QFM96 Food Truck Festival
On Saturday, August 1, The Food Fort will partner with Columbus classic rock radio station QFM96 to host their second annual food truck festival in Westerville. Last year’s festival featured over 20 of Columbus’ most popular food trucks and carts, attracting over 2,500 curious rock n’ roll food...
July 23rd, 2015 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

ECDI Playing Big Role in Columbus’ Vibrant Startup Scene

ECDI Playing Big Role in Columbus’ Vibrant Startup Scene
We already knew that Columbus has just been named the “Most Intelligent Community in the World.” Now, we find out that another national ranking has rated us most improved as a community for startups. The Kauffman Foundation found that Columbus now ranks 12th on the 2015 Index of Business Creation....
June 25th, 2015 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More