Archive for the ‘ECDI Spotlight’ Category

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

The Modern Southern Table Wins The Food Fort’s First-Ever Fried Chicken Throwdown

The Modern Southern Table Wins The Food Fort’s First-Ever Fried Chicken Throwdown
On May 14, The Food Fort’s campus was transformed into a culinary battleground, pitting three of Columbus’ best-kept southern-style secrets against each other in The Food Fort’s first-ever Fried Chicken Throwdown. The cooking competition, held in front of an audience of over 150 local “foodies,”...
May 28th, 2015 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Old North Arcade: A Fresh Spin On A Popular Past-Time Ready To Serve The Old North Neighborhood

Old North Arcade:  A Fresh Spin On A Popular Past-Time Ready To Serve The Old North Neighborhood
Ben Morgan, owner of Old North Arcade, has been taking calculated risks his entire life. During his teenage years, he quickly became enamored with Magic The Gathering, a card game where players face off against each other in one-on-one battles that take place in a fantasy world with wizards, monsters...
April 23rd, 2015 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Local Business Growing Like Weeds

Local Business Growing Like Weeds
ZINGER!! Weed Zinger that is. Andrea Watros brought the dream of the Weed Zinger to ECDI. The Weed Zinger is a next-generation weeding tool that requires no bending or struggling and is fun for the whole family (seriously!). “ECDI was the first group who said they believed in my business and actually...
March 30th, 2015 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Columbus Set to Launch Pilot Program Bringing Food Trucks & Carts to the Hungry Masses

Columbus Set to Launch Pilot Program Bringing Food Trucks & Carts to the Hungry Masses
This spring, you may notice a change in downtown Columbus. As city dwellers hustle to their offices, a new sight and smell might stop them in their paths. Columbus-ites will be able to enjoy a quick bite, on the go, without worrying about the rollercoaster of emotions that go hand-in-hand with typical...
February 26th, 2015 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Blu Olive “Pops-Up” at Hey Hey Bar & Grill

Blu Olive “Pops-Up” at Hey Hey Bar & Grill
The pop-up restaurant concept is nothing new to Columbus. You may have paid a visit to Little Eater’s pop-up at The Hills Market Downtown this past fall. Chances are you have heard about Hot Chicken Takeover’s pop-up success in Olde Towne East. Pop-ups allow food entrepreneurs to grow their business...
January 22nd, 2015 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

ECDI Individual Development Account Leads to Successful Small Business

ECDI Individual Development Account Leads to Successful Small Business
“What do you love about your job?” Without question, my answer, “Our clients!” As one of the largest SBA micro-lenders in the country, it is no surprise that many people and businesses look to the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) seeking capital. But, not everybody obtains...
December 26th, 2014 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More