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Help a Hero. Save a Business.

April 23, 2020
ECDI Food Trucks will begin providing free meals to frontline heroes. By donating $1,000 in meals to support healthcare heroes, ECDI can create new business opportunities for food trucks that are otherwise out of work.
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U.S. Bank awards Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) a $25,000 grant to assist businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis

April 22, 2020

For Immediate Release:


COLUMBUS, OHIO (April 21, 2020) In an effort to support Ohio small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, ECDI has taken action to create a multi-phased plan to address the challenges of small businesses as they navigate unchartered territory during this unprecedented time.

U.S. Bank’s Market Impact Fund will aid ECDI’s immediate relief and recovery plan; meeting the imm...
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Ohio microlender 'will not allow businesses to fail because we're not there for them'

April 4, 2020
Founder and CEO Inna Kinney estimates the microlender's revenue will decrease by $500,000 over the next two months - so far this month 60% of clients who never missed a payment before are late.
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ECDI Supporting Small Businesses Through Coronavirus Crisis

April 1, 2020
Inna Kinney, ECDI Founder & CEO discusses how ECDI ECDI is ready to assist both its existing clients and new businesses seeking resources during this unprecedented time.
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Black Women's Equal Pay Day

August 22, 2019
Now is the time to start opening the doors, so that others can come in behind us and come in strong.
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ECDI awarded $1,800,000 loan from the Small Business Administration

August 8, 2019
In an effort to support small, main street businesses across all 88 counties in Ohio, ECDI was recently awarded $1,800,000 loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA). With this funding, ECDI will continue to provide loans for start-up and emerging businesses.
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Celebrating 15 years of ECDI

July 25, 2019
For 15 years, ECDI has been committed to investing in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change. A one-stop-shop for underserved small businesses and entrepreneurs, ECDI has grown from one office in Columbus to locations in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Canton, and Toledo,
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Innovation for Empowerment at the Women's Business Center of Ohio

June 27, 2019
Welcome Shaundretta Boykins as the Director of the WBC of Central Ohio!
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ECDI Builds an Oasis in a Food Desert

April 25, 2019
Check out this story on ECDI's new community garden, serving clients, employees, and the Devon Triangle community!
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Moving the Needle for Minority Women-Owned Businesses

February 28, 2019
With support from key partners, ECDI Women's Business Centers of Ohio (WBC) have worked to move the needle in the direction of progress.
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Profile: Inna Kinney, Founder and CEO, Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI)

January 14, 2019
ECDI Founder and CEO sat down with IFF, the largest CDFI in the midwest to discuss ECDIs growth in Ohio.
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ECDI Promotes Nicole Liatos to Director of the Women's Business Center of Northern Ohio

October 25, 2018
Meet Nicole!
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ECDI and the SBA Celebrate Veterans in November

October 25, 2018
This year, there will be a host of free events available to veterans who fall into these categories.
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JPMorgan Chase Foundation target nine core neighborhoods in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, in collaboration with local organizations.

October 12, 2018
Funded by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, OH3C will target nine core city neighborhoods within Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. The shared community mission is to emerge as inclusive communities that provide housing choices for people at all income levels, as well as thriving business districts.
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JPMorgan Chase Announces $3 Million Grant to Create Local CDFI Collaboration in Ohio's Three Largest Cities

October 3, 2018
JPMorgan Chase has announced the OH3C Collaborative, a $3 million, three-year grant to fund a collaboration between four of Ohio’s strongest community development financial institutions working across Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland.
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Cousins Army Navy and Survival Supply Returns to University District!

August 23, 2018
ECDI is excited to work with this long time staple of the Columbus community!
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ECDI receives $200k award to support small business!

August 16, 2018
Microlender ECDI gets $200,000 grant from Wells Fargo to invest in minority-owned businesses
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Microlender ECDI gets grant to continue helping minority owned businesses!

August 16, 2018
Thanks to the Wells Fargo Diverse Community Capital Award, ECDI can continue its mission!
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ECDI deepens commitment to lend to minority-owned small businesses

August 13, 2018
Economic & Community Development Institute has deepened its commitment to diverse hiring and microlending to minority-owned, and specifically black-owned, small businesses.
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WBC of Ohio welcomes Ramona Mills as Director!

July 27, 2018
As the new Director of the Women’s Business Center (WBC) in Central Ohio, a branch of the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), Mills is dedicated to providing Columbus women entrepreneurs with the supportive home base that she wishes she would have known about during her past life in
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WBC Central Ohio Welcomes Ramona Mills as New Director

July 26, 2018
Meet Ramona Mills!
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Rokki Bonner: Navigating the World of Entrepreneurship Takes Muscle

May 24, 2018
Learn about ECDI's fitness client, Personal Fitness Navigators
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The WBC Welcomes Sabra Kershaw as Board Chair!

April 12, 2018
Sabra Kershaw has been elected Board Chair for the Women's Business Centers of Ohio!
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The WBC Expands to Cincinnati!

April 6, 2018
The WBC brings access to capital to women in Cincinnati!
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Congratulations to our Executive Director, Danielle Sydnor!

April 3, 2018
Executive Director of Northern Ohio has been named one of the YWCA's Distinguished Young Woman Awards!
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WBC Gallery Wall Grand Opening to Feature Community-Focused Local Artist

March 22, 2018
See how the WBC is supporting local artists in the community
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Huntington National Bank Highlights ECDI!

March 21, 2018

As part of their ongoing commitment to community reinvestment, Huntington National Bank spotlights the work of ECDI and our clients in their annual report!

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SBA Columbus District Office Supports the WBC!

March 8, 2018
The WBC is here to support women in all aspects of business, through coaching, training, and financing!
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Local Tea Company Finds Recipe for Sweet Success

February 22, 2018
See how Jackie Chapman, owner of JC's Sweet Ice Tea and successful African-American entrepreneur who has benefited from ECDI's many services
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New pet ambulance serving the Cleveland area!

February 14, 2018
ECDI and WBC member Yolanda takes her passion for animals, and brings peace and security to pet owners in Cleveland.
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Kamala Colbert: Utilizing ECDI's Capital For Construction Program to Achieve Her Entrepreneurial Dreams

January 25, 2018
Here the inspiring story of Kamala Colbert, who worked with ECDI to achieve her entrepreneurial dreams!
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Survey finds micro business mismatch

January 6, 2018
ECDI works to provide entrepreneurs with the capital they need to grow a business.
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Inspiring Children through Education

January 3, 2018
Jerzell Pierre-Louis uses her entrepreneurial skillset to benefit young lives.
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ECDI's Akropreneur Sima Arshadi's Business Blooms in Akron

January 3, 2018
Sima Arshadi came to America as a refugee, and took her love of art and turned it into a business.
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ECDI Named Top Small Biz Resource in Columbus for 2017

January 2, 2018
Deploying millions of dollars in loans and assisting thousands of entrepreneurs, ECDI was once again voted the Top Small Business Resource in Columbus. A one-stop-shop for small business owners, ECDI provides the educational resources to funding that entrepreneurs need to launch and grow their enter
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Grocers are shifting towards a smaller and local model

December 12, 2017
How are large chain grocery stores adapting to the 21st century?
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The Cleveland Foundation Spotlights ECDI's ENCORE Program!

November 14, 2017
Did you know that women over the age of 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of entrepreneurs?
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ECDI Columbus Newsletter November 2017

November 9, 2017
Check out the latest news!
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Minority-Owned Subcontractors Utilizing ECDI'S Innovative "Capital For Construction" Program

September 28, 2017
Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI), in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co., recently launched a new program titled “Capital For Construction” that addresses financing gaps minority-owned construction subcontractors face when submitting bids for large-scale construction contracts.
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Capital for Construction: ECDI Introduces MBE Program

August 3, 2017
ECDI's MBE program to address financing gaps for minority-owned subcontractors.
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ECDI Celebrates The Work Of Departed Colleague James Grills

June 23, 2017
One of ECDIs most admired employees, James brought an infectious energy and dedication to his work environment that left a lasting impression on anyone that was fortunate enough to cross paths with him in life.
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City of Cleveland: $25M Neighborhood Transformation Initiative

May 10, 2017
ECDI is excited to partner with the City of Cleveland on promoting economic development!
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Ohio Women-owned Businesses start and grow with help from the WBC!

May 4, 2017
The WBC in Northern Ohio is doing incredible work with female entrepreneurs in the Cleveland area. One of our partners, KeyBank wrote an in-depth feature on the triumphs of our WBC members!
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Columbus Aims To Reduce Poverty Through Targeted Neighborhood Development Plans

April 27, 2017
For over a decade, ECDI has proven that target neighborhood investments work. ECDI's success investing in small businesses has brought hundreds of job opportunities to neighborhoods like the Hilltop, Linden, and Weinland Park, spurring job growth in areas that need it the most.
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ECDI, Women Business Center move offices into Akron Global Business Accelerator

March 30, 2017
The WBC extends it's service footprint to Akron, moving into ECDI Akron's new location within the Akron Global Business Accelerator.
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4 Ways to Drive Innovation by Embracing Failure

March 7, 2017
Redefining your mistake will ensure that it doesn't define you.
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ECDI founder: In wake of Trump's travel ban, consider spending money at an immigrant-owned business

February 8, 2017
ECDI Founder Inna Kinney encourages everyone to support immigrant-owned businesses.
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Why I Love Columbus: My Evolving, Dynamic Hometown featuring ECDI President Steve Fireman

November 8, 2016
ECDI President Steve Fireman reflects on why he loves his hometown, offering insight on his personal tastes of the city, as well as the dynamic environment it creates for business, both large and small.
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The Dealership Debuts a Co-work Community for Entrepreneurs

November 4, 2016
ECDI Cleveland debuts The Dealership, a co-work, event and office space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, creatives, and small businesses.
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ECDI awarded over $3.4 million in federal grants to create long-lasting economic impact statewide

October 20, 2016
The Economic & Community Development Institute will increase its lending capacity to serve Ohio's small business owners while also making enhancements to the Food Fort, ECDI's food-based business incubator.
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Labor Day: Celebrating Working Women

September 5, 2016
An oldie but goodie - published in 2012, but still very topical. Celebrate the working women in your life this Labor Day and get to know some of the businesswomen who have lead the way, carving a path for the rest of us to follow. Crowd favorite: Joan Ganz Cooney.
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COLUMN: Marking history with Revlon's Cherries in the Snow

August 19, 2016
"There is proof everywhere that we stand on the shoulders of giants before us, but my biggest reminder is on the tips of my fingers and toes."
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AUSTIN: 3 startup lessons from a one-woman Bloody Mary machine

July 14, 2016
Starting a business requires courage, humility and, as many entrepreneurs will acknowledge, a bit of good luck.
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July 11, 2016
"To put it simply, yes." Though this piece was written over a year ago, it is full of wise words and lots to think about from a community planning perspective.
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July 6, 2016
The difference between an entrepreneur and a "wantrepreneur" comes down to a few key elements. Spoiler: most of it has to do with attitude.
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July 6, 2016
We come up with as many reasons not to take a vacation as there are vacation spots in the world! Who has time for a vacation these days? It seems like there's never the right time. Nicole Webb explains why the benefits of taking vacations actually makes you a better worker.
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LIST: The best U.S. cities for working women

June 1, 2016
NerdWallet, the financial planning website, has ranked more than 500 cities for their environment for working women.
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AUSTIN: The startup that charmed SXSW

May 15, 2016
One of Amelia Cosgrove’s favorite childhood toys was a shipping crate she and her sister would use to travel around the universe without ever leaving the house.
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How mom of 10 Kathryn Sansone launched her own protein supplement

May 1, 2016
Kathryn Sansone, author, fitness trainer and mother of 10, was tired of taking eight or nine supplements every morning as part of her health and fitness regime.
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Considerations for Buying a Small Business

April 18, 2016
Ever walked into a neighborhood business that was recently purchased? The new ownership might have changed the paint color, décor, and equipment in a flash -- maybe even overnight.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Meet the winners of SBA's InnovateHER challenge

April 15, 2016
A Des Moines, Iowa, entrepreneur's idea to create a digital sewing pattern shop has won her $40,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration's 2016 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge.
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7 Tips for Starting a Food Business

April 5, 2016
Starting a food business has to be one of the most challenging businesses to get into. The harsh reality is that most fail within the first year.
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April 1, 2016
Do you need a Sales Funnel? Learn more about the Sales Funnel and whether your business is in need of one.
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Women Make History Again as Women Business Owners Achieve Federal Contracting Benchmark

March 30, 2016
Last fiscal year the federal government set a new record for the highest percentage of contracting dollars awarded to women-owned small businesses in the history of the United States. To put things in perspective, this is the first time contracting for women-owned small businesses has ever been
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The Power of Cause Marketing

March 23, 2016
Are you looking for a way to attract new customers? Social responsibility is a strong selling point when customers are considering purchases.
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March 15, 2016
There are many things that business owners “know” about marketing. Unfortunately, there are some rumors and myths that persist in online marketing even though there is little, if any, truth to them in practice. Read about 7 most common misconceptions that I face from potential clients during a disco
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March 1, 2016
Most of small business owners are never taught how to be good financial stewards and it’s not uncommon to generate high six or seven figures and be cash poor. Here are four of the biggest money mistakes entrepreneurs make (and how to overcome them so you don’t fall into a cash-flow pit!)
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This founder of a little tea startup makes her way into the big beverage market

February 29, 2016
Read about Tatiana Birgisson, owner of a tea startup Mati Energy drink, which scored her a contract and will be launching in 2016.
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ASU study: Anger, emotions help men, hurt women in the workplace

February 15, 2016
A new study from Arizona State University shows men benefit from showing anger and emotion while the same behaviors hurt women.
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New study shows price discrimination is alive and well

February 3, 2016
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs compared the prices of 800 products with male and female versions for its first-ever gender pricing study. The results showed the discrepancy found in Radio Flyer scooter prices is more common than you realize.
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Who’s the best face for your brand? This marketing agent says you are

February 1, 2016
Read about Tonya Eberhard’s idea of starting BrandFace, a marketing program helping entrepreneurs, business leaders and real estate professionals become the face of their business as well as suggestions for professionals, who are looking to make the transition to personal branding.
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10 commandments for moving from ‘wantrepreneur’ to entrepreneur

January 30, 2016
Read about the difference between an entrepreneur and a wantrepreneur and what it takes for anyone who is willing to start a business.
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Women entrepreneurs have a voracious appetite for growth

January 26, 2016
Women have grown and are continuing to grow substantial businesses that have a significant impact on the nation’s economy. According to a new survey by the Women Presidents’ Organization, staffing, compensation and revenue are rising — and that’s good news for women challenged with managing expandin
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NAWBO has a very specific idea for how women can help close the gender wage gap

January 20, 2016
The National Association of Women Business Owners has an interesting proposal for narrowing the pay gap: More women need to start their own businesses.
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She nursed a cough with a homemade remedy and made it a big business

January 15, 2016
The article explains how January O’Connor was able to start a business after developing a new recipe for curing coughs and sore throats.
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Forbes Riley shares her thoughts on building a fit business from fitness

January 15, 2016
Based on her experience, Forbes Riley provides her thoughts on her 30 year career at an entrepreneur.
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Registration now open for 2016 Emerging Leaders Program!

January 14, 2016
Registration is now open for the 2016 Emerging Leaders executive level training program in Columbus, Ohio. This is the 2nd consecutive year in Columbus. The goal of this program is to attract owners of established urban small businesses with high growth potential, and provide them with the knowledge
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How to network when it doesn’t feel natural

January 13, 2016
I don’t know many people who relish walking into a room full of strangers. Despite years of networking, even I still battle that wave of dread when facing the unknown.
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Any way you massage the data, women earn less than men – in every category

January 3, 2016
This article talks about the difference in median pay between men and women in Ohio.
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How this jeweler uses online leverage to expand national reach

January 1, 2016
Read about Mina Hassan, a successful jeweler, and how she was able to obtain a contract with Amazon and use the internet to expand her business.
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Cutting Business Income Taxes

January 1, 2016
Public knowledge tidbit about the Ohio tax deduction provided to small businesses.
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How this single-minded woman succeeds with a single-minded ad agency

December 30, 2015
Read how Becca Apfelstadt started her ad agency, what strategies she used and how she is willing to continue on growing in her business.
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The Women's Business Center is recognized as one of the best small business resources in Columbus!

December 28, 2015
The WBC is listed as a top small business resource by Metropreneur, along with the Food Fort and ECDI as #1!
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5 tricks to rid your speech of, like, verbal fillers

December 20, 2015
Tiffany Adams’ responds to readers’ questions regarding her habit of saying the words “like” and “kind of” excessively when she speaks.
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Babson Breakaway Challenge

December 17, 2015
The Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College and Breakaway, a Boston-based brand capital firm, are proud to announce the Babson Breakaway Challenge™ – a competition and mentoring program that promotes gender parity while championing women entrepreneurs and aspiring venture cap
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How Millennials, Boomers, and Gen X-ers Respond to Content Marketing

December 15, 2015
Read this informative article on how your target market is consuming the content you create.
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Tory Burch creates fellowship for female entrepreneurs

December 5, 2015
Designer Tory Burch is taking her passion for nurturing women in business to a new level with the launch of a fellowship program.
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A near-death experience taught this CEO the power of a strong network

December 3, 2015
Kelly Hager was able to rely on her strong network of supporters during a time when she was experiencing extreme health challenges. Thanks to her strong support network, she was able to return to work and grow her company into a $85 Million Company.
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Fast-growing interpreter service provides career path for bilingual immigrants, refugees

December 1, 2015
Learn about Language Access network, a Columbus Based company offering language interpretation services.
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How I started a new business at the age of 40

November 25, 2015
After looking for more opportunity, Teresa Tramposch struggles with the idea of starting her own business after getting used to working for people and the idea of raising her children and managing the business simultaneously.
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HopSkipDrive picks up seed money for Uber for kids

November 15, 2015
Learn about HopSkipDrive, a ride service for kids aged seven and up based in Los Angeles.
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List of Grants for African-American Women to Start a Business

November 12, 2015
There are a number of grants specifically targeted toward women and minorities for start-up funding. Amongst these are private, state, local, and federal grants.
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Morning Roundup: Columbus among best for business friendliness, Dublin among best for women entrepreneurs, and stop complaining about Columbus traffic

November 3, 2015, which matches freelancers and service providers with businesses and homeowners needing project work produces an annual Small Business Friendliness Survey. This 2015 survey revealed that Columbus stood out as the friendliest city for small businesses in Ohio while Dublin, OH stood out
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P&G’s new #LikeAGirl video goes viral in one day

November 1, 2015
Read how P&G's new video for Always, which makes feminine care products, tackles and highlights how society's expectations affect the confidence of girls.
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For the company running on fumes, it's business CPR to the rescue

October 15, 2015
During times when you and your business are running on fumes, it is helpful to remember "Business CPR" to get your business moving in the right direction.
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How a DIY startup crafted a major partnership with retail giant Michaels

October 3, 2015
Read how a small business owner was able to utilize her skills to secure a partnership with Michaels.
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10 super-powered tips to make your business invincible

October 1, 2015
Four small business experts; Andy Birol, Connie Certusi, Maria Elena Duron, and J.B. Glossinger give their best advice and insights to help your business succeed.
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5 ways to help more women become entrepreneurs

September 15, 2015
According to Kauffman Foundation, an entrepreneurship think tank, women are half as likely as men to start a business. The Kauffman Foundation provides five ways to encourage more women to start their own businesses.
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Do we still need women-only events and panels?

September 1, 2015
Mary Juetten, Contributing Writer for Bizwomen, the Business Journals explore different perspectives from many high profile women on whether women-only events and panels are relevant to women in business.
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IRS Outlines Tax Basics for Small Business Owners

August 26, 2015

IRS Outlines Tax Basics for Small Business Owners

Citations: FS-2015-22

Summary by Tax Analysts®

The IRS has released a fact sheet (FS-2015-22) that provides basic information on filing, reporting, and paying taxes to individuals who are starting a small business.

The fact sheet describes the difference between self-employed and independent contractor status as well as how to obtain an employer identification number and record business expenses. The IRS iden...
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Meet the woman behind 2nd Wife, the startup that tackles your to-do list head on

August 15, 2015
Read about 2nd Wife, an innovative start-up that allows busy professionals complete their personal and professional task lists.
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Do Your Marketing Materials Include These 6 Essential Components?

August 1, 2015
This helpful article provides an overview of 6 tips to apply when developing a flyer, brochure, or other marketing collateral.
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Women of Courage & Resolve FUNdraising Bus Tour

July 23, 2015

Departing from the Women’s Business Center at 8am, returning approximately 6:00pm.

Arrive at 7:30am to enjoy a brief reception featuring scrumptious treats from WBC member businesses.

Our first stop on this FUNdraising tour is Jungle Jim’s International Market in Cincinnati. This market is often described as the “theme park of food” due to the unusual displays throughout the store.

Our second stop is at the National Underground Railro...
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How to Live Your Stand Out Brand&tm;

July 15, 2015
This helpful article provides insight on developing your brand so that you can incorporate it in your life and business.
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Chase grants of $300K to help food-based, Big Data entrepeneurs

July 7, 2015
We are excited to receive funding from JP Morgan Chase & Co. to support our on-site small business acceleration programs.
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Optimizing Your Website: What Every Small Business Owner Should Know

July 1, 2015
This article offers 4 tips small businesses can use to improve their digital footprint.
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How Spanx Got Me an Interview With Warren Buffett (It's Not What You Think)

June 15, 2015
Author, Gillian Zoe Segal shares her insights on how advice from Sara Blakely, inventor of the shapewear company Spanx, gave her the courage to approach Warren Buffet for an interview for her book, "Getting There: A Book of Mentors."
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Support WBC with Kroger Community Rewards

June 12, 2015

Sign Up to Support the WBC when you shop!

 The Women's Business Center is happy to announce that they are now enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. When you register your Kroger Plus card and then swipe it as you grocery shop, the WBC receives dollars. With just a swipe of your card you will help support women entrepreneurs with tools and resources they need to make their dreams come true and create strong sustainable businesses.

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Dream big, start small: Why Women's Business Centers are so important

June 1, 2015
The passage of the Women's Business Ownership Act in 1989 provided leverage for The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to launch The Women's Business Center program. Since its inception, the WBC program has continued to grow the number of centers nationally and provide millions of dollars in f
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Marketing Assistance for Your Business

May 14, 2015

Attention: ECDI clients and the Women's Business Center of Ohio members,

Dr. Lynn Dailey, Professor of Business from Capital University, will be working with select businesses interested in free marketing consulting assistance.

Dr. Lynn Dailey, Professor of Business at Capital University. Expertise includes: business plans, business skills training, marketing plans, marketing strategy, focus groups, and customer behavior.

Through Capital University, Dailey's MBA studen...
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Tax Tips from the IRS to Start and Grow Your Beauty or Barber Shop Business

May 6, 2015

IRS recognizes Small Business Week May 4 – 8, 2015, by highlighting some of its most popular educational products, videos and webinars to help your business thrive. If you own a beauty or barber shop, or are self-employed, visit for all your tax needs. Knowing the tax rules can help your business start, grow and succeed. 

For example, see IRS Publication 4902, Tips for the Cosmetology and Barber Industry. Here are some of the topics included in this book...
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20 Places to Get Low Cost or Free Legal Advice for Your Business

May 1, 2015
Small Business Owners face a number of legal issues. This article includes a number of free legal resources, forms, and advice for entrepreneurs. "Combining inexpensive do-it-yourself resources with a legal review is a way keep your costs down and keep you safe."
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The Most Common Reasons Startups Fail

April 15, 2015
Tech blog Artic Startup and CoFounder magazine surveyed more than 100 startup entrepreneurs to capture experiences and lessons learned to pinpoint the top reasons startups fail.
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A Wells Fargo exec shares 5 tips for female entrepreneurs who want to raise capital

April 1, 2015
Laurie Donovan, a senior VP and business banking manager at Wells Fargo offers insights on the obstacles women business owners face over their male counterparts, tips on how women entrepreneurs can raise capital, and resources available for women entrepreneurs who have little personal credit.
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Is Angela Merkel the new face of the women's movement?

March 27, 2015
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has become a prominent figure in key legislation in fighting against global female poverty as her role in closing her nation's wage gap grows.
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Ohio entrepreneurs to give business pitch for a chance to win $30,000 in prize money

March 20, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five contestants in the 2015 InnovateHER business challenge will compete for a chance to win $30,000 in prize money at 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at the Economic & Community Development Institute’s Fifth Third Bank Learning Lab, 1611 Old Leonard Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219.

Contestants will make a live marketing pitch to a panel of judges on how their product or service helps impact and empower the lives of women and...
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Tax Filing Resources

February 21, 2015

No excuses! Get your taxes done ahead of the deadline this year by taking advantage of these great resources:

Do your taxes online for free.

If you have ever used TurboTax or a similar paid online tax prep service software before, you should have no problem navigating to and clicking the “File your taxes” tab to begin. Married joint filers must have an adjusted gross income (A...
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An accident, paralysis, then an idea: How this entrepreneur created the OpenTable of Health care

February 20, 2015
After Jessica Harthcock was paralyzed in a gymnastics accident, she used her experience to co-found Utilize Health. Utilize Health connects patients with neurological disabilities with therapies and facilities best suited for their situation.
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2014 Best Small Business Resource: ECDI

January 1, 2015
ECDI was once again voted best small business resource in 2014.
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