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Economic & Community Development Institute Summer Associate
Founded in 2004, the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit economic development organization headquartered in Columbus, Ohio with satellite offices in Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Cincinnati; and field operations in Toledo. ECDI is a certified Community Development Corporation (CDC) and a U.S. Treasury-designated Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). ECDI’s mission is to invest in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change. As one of the top SBA microloan intermediaries in the United States, with a service footprint in all of Ohio’s 88 counties, ECDI fills a gap in the credit industry by offering loans ranging from $750 to $350,000 to underserved entrepreneurs. Its loan programs include culturally and linguistically appropriate financial literacy and microenterprise training, one-on-one technical assistance, and access to markets through business incubation. ECDI offers small loans and innovative technical assistance to systemically underserved entrepreneurs, focusing on low-to-moderate income individuals, women, minorities, and immigrants. ECDI’s Business Innovation Center (BIC) is the hub of training and technical assistance for ECDI. BIC incorporates the only SBA-funded Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) in Ohio—with locations in Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati—and the Food Fort, ECDI’s food incubator. ECDI also runs the Capital for Construction program, designed to remove obstacles that minority construction contractors face when expanding their business. Through its lending, technical assistance, and training services, ECDI helps underserved and underbanked entrepreneurs overcome systemic barriers to launch or expand their small businesses. ECDI has provided small business owners with over $53 million in startup or expansion capital, disbursed over 2,300 small business loans, served over 15,600 individuals, and created or retained over 8,800 jobs in the state of Ohio.
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Member Duties : ECDI is a one-stop-shop small business development nonprofit, providing microloans, coaching, training, and other incubation services for underserved entrepreneurs. ECDI’s mission is to create measurable and enduring social and economic change. The Summer Associate VISTA will help low-income and other underserved entrepreneurs access the capital they need to start or grow a business. The VISTA will work in the lending department, collaborating directly with a Relationship Manager, to increase the capacity of ECDI to provide responsible loans to entrepreneurs. The VISTA will help interview clients and will be a point of contact for them, answering questions and guiding them on their entrepreneurial journey. The VISTA will gather loan documentation and engage with community partners to help identify low-income entrepreneurs who are ready for the next step. The VISTA’s efforts will help ECDI disburse small business loans, helping low-income entrepreneurs enter the economic mainstream.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Training . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
General Skills ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Writing/Editing . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Economic & Community Development Institute Summer Associate

Program Start/End Date
06/01/2020  -   08/09/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations OHIO  

Accepting Applications
From  02/12/2020  To  05/01/2020 

Contact Aaron Cornell
1655 Old Leonard Ave
Columbus   OH   43219
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 87160