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Dinin’ Hall Brings Food Truck Food Court to Franklinton in May

Walker Evans Walker Evans Dinin’ Hall Brings Food Truck Food Court to Franklinton in May

Beloved are our Columbus food trucks. They’ve had an interesting and evolving impact on the local dining scene in just a few short years, and 2012 promises a new round of innovation with the official launch of Dinin’ Hall in May. Dinin’ Hall will be the first “street food pod” in Columbus (San Francisco is […]


Columbus Underground Aims to Raise $2000 for Columbus Idea Foundry

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Underground Aims to Raise $2000 for Columbus Idea Foundry

We reported a few weeks ago that the Columbus Idea Foundry had launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com to raise $5,500 so that they could double the size of their space. This unique creative resource provides collaborative workspace for inventors, artists and micro-manufacturers. There’s still two weeks to go on their fundraising efforts and Columbus […]


Columbus Idea Foundry Open House this Saturday

Anne Evans Anne Evans

The community resource where anyone who has a good idea can see it through that Alex Bandar started two years ago has now expanded into a 10,000 sq ft community resource space. The Columbus Idea Foundry looks to foster small business growth, house artists and other entrepreneurs, provide educational resources and give people who have […]


ECDI Relocating, Adding Food Incubator Space

Walker Evans Walker Evans

From TheMetropreneur.com: ECDI Finds a New Home that Includes Food Incubator Space By Melanie McIntyre on September 6, 2010 at 11:30 am The Economic and Community Development Institute in Columbus is scheduled to move into new offices Oct. 1. ECDI will trade its current offices at 475 E. Mound St. for a renovated two-story schoolhouse […]


ECDI Adds Bob Kramer as Director of Food Services


Bob Kramer, former Supervisor of Food Safety for Columbus Public Health Department, has joined Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) as Director of Food Services and Food Safety. Kramer brings over 32 years of dedicated service to the City of Columbus, serving as Supervisor of the Food Safety program for 12 years. As Director of […]


ECDI Launches Kitchen Incubator Program

Walker Evans Walker Evans

The Economic and Community Development Institute has been helping entrepreneurs in Columbus to start up and grow their businesses for the past five years. ECDI is now currently rolling out a new program to provide a wider range of development assistance. Their new Growing Entrepreneurs Initiative is launching with a focus on food-related industries and […]


CU Podcast #29: The Small Business Beanstalk

Walker Evans Walker Evans

In this week’s podcast we sit down with several of the folks behind the Small Business Beanstalk, a local business co-op that serves members with a network of business-to-business resources in order to allow members to focus on growth. The podcast participants include SBB Founder Wolf Starr, Director of Development Charles Erickson, and SBB Farmer […]


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