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Starting a Business


ECDI is where small business dreams become reality.

From idea, to business plan, to launch and beyond, ECDI is a single-stop resource for budding entrepreneurs. We've had the pleasure of helping hundreds of food-focused businesses get started on the right foot. 

Interested in starting a food service business or food truck and aren’t sure where to start? Make an appointment with our Food Business Specialist, Bob Kramer. He can review the process for starting a food based business, including food regulatory measures, as well as the capital needed to fund your venture.

For start-up entrepreneurs in any industry, here are just a few of the offerings available to support at various stages in the new business process:

I've got a great business idea

You've come to the right place to get started with:


  • One-on-one mentoring


  • Business plan development assistance 

I've got a plan

(now what do I do?)

Start your business on the right foot with:

  • Business plan vetting and review.


  • Assistance with financial projections


  • Financial literacy training and loan advising

I'm vetted, primed and ready to launch

Let's knock down any barriers in your way with:



  • Co-working space with meeting rooms


I'm experienced, and planning a new gig

Even entrepreneurs with a proven track record can use support sometimes:

  • Succession planning resources

Whatever phase you're in, you don't have to go it alone!

Even if a small business loan is not in your plans right now, it's a great time to fill out a loan inquiry form and gain access to all the resources we offer:

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