Archive for the ‘ECDI Spotlight’ Category

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

ECDI Powers Women’s Business Center of Ohio

ECDI Powers Women’s Business Center of Ohio
“Where you are is not who you are. Remember that when you’re rich and famous.” Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox, is the first African American female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Her mother, who raised Ursula in public housing in New York, was keen to remind Burns that her dreams were within...
October 24th, 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

WIDGETPITCH Creates Chance for Small Business Funding

WIDGETPITCH Creates Chance for Small Business Funding
“But wait, there’s more!” Ron Popeil, Jack Lalanne, even George Foreman used this line to entice us to tune in for what was coming next. In the same way those late night infomercials use this ubiquitous refrain to sell the latest gotta-have-it gadget, the Economic & Community Development Institute...
August 22nd, 2013 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Event Caters to Food, Beverage, Craft Beer, and Hospitality-Related Business Owners

Event Caters to Food, Beverage, Craft Beer, and Hospitality-Related Business Owners
In 1984, Jim Koch founded The Boston Beer Company because he believed that consumers were ready for a full-bodied, American-rooted beer. With a family recipe dating back to the 1860s as his foundation, Koch worked tirelessly perfecting that robust flavor that makes Samuel Adams famous. Believing that...
July 25th, 2013 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More