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About Us


ECDI’s Food Fort gives you the benefit of food-and-drink expertise, along with a world of support from Ohio’s premiere small business resource provider.


You’ll find a complete range of support from one-on-one business coaching, liaising with regulatory agencies, loan readiness training, certification courses, procurement opportunities, industry specific trainings and more!


Commercial kitchen and so much more

Three hot kitchens and three cold kitchens unite into a commercial food prep space where you can execute any culinary dream.


Start or Grow in Our Incubator

Our incubator is for young businesses – ones who have just started, are about to start, or those which have found their legs and have learned to toddle around the local marketplace. Rent out space in our commercial kitchen full-time or portion it up as needed.


Incubate, then Accelerate

Members who outgrow our incubator program have opportunity to graduate to our ECDI Food Fort 2.0 or Harmon Avenue Accelerator spaces as they continue to build capacity and scale their business ECDI also helps entrepreneurs access responsible loan capital as they graduate into their own spaces. Start here. Grow here. Succeed here.

Meet the Team


Anthony Berin

Vice President of

Food Incubation

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Jacob Freisthler

Food Business Incubation Services Director

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Chrisbian Steinker-Brown
Food Incubator Manager


Bob Kramer
Food Business Specialist

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Julie Becker

Food Business Specialist

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