Archive for the ‘ECDI Spotlight’ Category

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

Women’s Business Center of Ohio’s grand opening a success

Women’s Business Center of Ohio’s grand opening a success
While many central Ohioans were celebrating PRIDE and getting ready for the Red White & Crew game, another event was drawing hundreds of capital city residents last weekend. Women’s Day, the grand opening event for the The Women’s Business Center of Ohio (WBC) held Saturday, June 22, 2013, was...
June 27th, 2013 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Kickstart Columbus Provides Retailers with Free Rent for a Year

Kickstart Columbus Provides Retailers with Free Rent for a Year
Starting a business, building a brand and creating a presence in the community is not easy for anyone. For Julie Wilkes, owner of Seven Studios, it is the culmination of years of hard work. Through Kickstart Columbus −a partnership with The Economic & Community Development Institute, Columbus City...
May 23rd, 2013 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

ECDI loans help entrepreneur launch two growing businesses

ECDI loans help entrepreneur launch two growing businesses
Tim Galakchiev was born in Russia and first came to the United States with his mother in 1998 at the age of 21. Later, his father, Edward, and Tim’s wife and children also immigrated to America. Here they began putting down roots and reuniting with members of the Columbus area Russian Jewish community,...
April 25th, 2013 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

ECDI, That Food Truck featured on “Nightline”

ECDI, That Food Truck featured on “Nightline”
In 2010, the Economic and Community Development Institute launched the Food Fort− a mobile food cart commissary, commercial kitchen and bakery, and food business incubator. The primary goals of the Food Fort are to help new businesses get off the ground and to provide access to new markets for startup...
March 28th, 2013 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

Iraqi immigrant building success with the help of ECDI

Iraqi immigrant building success with the help of ECDI
For the past six weeks, the Economic and Community Development Institute has participated in the Huffington Post JobRaising Challenge. This challenge has provided ECDI with a platform to let the nation know how we help small businesses, people and the community. Did you know we have programs that serve...
February 28th, 2013 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More

A Job a Day, a Business a Week

A Job a Day, a Business a Week
“We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work, when the wages of honest labor will liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to...
January 24th, 2013 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More