We are compiling a list of resources helpful to those who utilize our services. Use the links below to help find information that's relevant to you.
Enabling female entrepreneurs to build and manage businesses through mentoring, education and access to capital
Central Ohio Food Truck Association (COFTA)
The Central Ohio Food Truck Association (COFTA) is the industry association advocating for food truck owners and operators serving central Ohio. We were established to provide a platform for advocacy, communication and education for our members and the community they serve.
Columbus Business First Portal
The Columbus Business First Portal gives ECDI Clients access to the most recent issues, special publications and Book of Lists online
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Working to support Columbus' businesses with the resources and information they need to overcome obstacles for over 126 years
Columbus Foundation: PowerPhilanthropy
The Columbus Foundation's PowerPhilanthropy is the place to find information about 600 of central Ohio's non-profits.
Central Ohio Minority Business Association: Providing entrepreneurial development assistance and business consulting to start-up and emerging business owners for Ohio's minority and disadvantaged business community. Training programs regarding business startup and business plan development, branding and minority certification.
Community Capital Development Corporation
Assisting businesses grow through affordable financing by providing low down payments, competitive interest rates, long-term financing, and economic development since 1981
Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
The CDFI Fund was created for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization and community development through investment in and assistance to community development financial institutions (CDFIs).
Community Refugee & Immigration Services
Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS) is an independent non-profit organization that serves the growing refugee and immigrant populations in Central Ohio.
First Stop Business Connection
This resource is for business owners and other individuals who have questions about starting or managing small businesses, and/or who want referrals to local counselors.
Jewish Family Services
Jewish Family Services is an organization rooted in a rich history of Jewish values and more than 3800 years of experience. We help people in the two most important aspects of their lives: family and work. Through a unique combination of mental health and workforce development services, they help people and families become stronger.
Kiva is a global non-profit based in San Franciso. KIVA provides 0% interest loans for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the United States through crowd-funding. The three principles are expanding access to capital, lowering the cost of capital, and connecting entrepreneurs with a global community.
Our Local Resource Database is a comprehensive list of programs, tools, organizations, businesses, and other entities that will help entrepreneurs be successful.
NCT Ventures is a venture capital firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build great companies. NCT invests in early stage companies focused on disruptive technologies that create efficiencies.
The Ohio Development Services Agency helps improve access to capital and support for small- and minority-owned businesses
Office for Refugee Resettlement
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) helps new populations maximize their potential in the United States by linking them to critical resources that assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.
Ohio Department of Taxation
Virtually all businesses are now eligible for a 75% tax deduction on the first $250,000 of business income. This deduction is the centerpiece of a major tax reform package initiated by Ohio Governor John Kasich and approved by the Ohio General Assembly that produced the largest overall tax reduction in the country - $2.7 billion over three<
Ohio Restaurant Association
Founded in 1920, the Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA) is backed with more than 95 years of industry experience that the association relies upon to serve our membership. The ORA is here to promote, protect and to partner with the Ohio foodservice industry.
Ohio Secretary of State Business Services
Resource on how to start and maintain a business in Ohio.
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)
The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) help Ohio's businesses seeking to compete for federal, state, and local government contracts.
Education and mentoring services for small businesses to help them grow and succeed through education and mentorship
SEA Change Ohio
SEA CHANGE is a collaborative initiative that provides coaching, connections and capital to people who have big ideas to improve their community.
OUR MISSION is to connect resources, funders, innovators, and mentors to accelerate ideas from concept to successful social enterprise across the
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
The Ohio SBDC Network includes specialty International Trade Assistance Centers and Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Centers.
The City of Columbus Small Business Builder
Opening a small business requires careful consideration of your market, a firm business plan, and the discipline to protect what is most important to you at this time–your financial capital.
United Way of Central Ohio
We bring together more than 80,000 donors, advocates and volunteers to help achieve our community's Bold Goals in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Home.
Women's Small Business Accelerator
A non-profit accelerator founded by successful women business owners for women business owners, the WSBA provides education, peer support, mentoring and accountability to help women on their entrepreneurial journey.