Posts Tagged ‘Economic and Community Development Institute’

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

Young Entrepreneur & Farmer Building Budding Mushroom Business

Young Entrepreneur & Farmer Building Budding Mushroom Business
It’s never too early to become an entrepreneur. No story makes that more apparent than that of seven-year-old Te’Lario Watkins. Mushrooms are this little man’s business. At his first Cub Scout meeting, Te’Lario planted some grass and basil and was eager to keep a very watchful...
August 7th, 2015 | Business Profiles | 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

Food is the True Uniter at The Kitchen in German Village

Food is the True Uniter at The Kitchen in German Village
With the firm belief that all the best parties happen in the kitchen, the aptly named The Kitchen in German Village has been feeding Columbus with Taco Tuesdays and participatory dining events for two years. Business partners Anne Boninsegna and Jen Lindsey met while working together at the Franklin...
July 21st, 2015 | Business Profiles | 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

Food Fort Adds Space to Help More Businesses

Food Fort Adds Space to Help More Businesses
The Food Fort has been a hub for food-based businesses in Columbus, offering commercial kitchen space and food truck and cart storage. ECDI’s food incubator will now be able to serve even more businesses thanks to a 6,000 square-foot expansion in an adjacent warehouse at 737 Parkwood Ave. “Before...
March 18th, 2015 | Announcements | Read More