Archive for the ‘ECDI Spotlight’ Category

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

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