The Shaker Heights Development Corporation (SHDC) and The Economic Community Development Institute (ECDI) announce a new partnership at The Dealership, a hub for entrepreneurship activity in Shaker Heights.

The Dealership, located at 3558 Lee Rd., is a co-work, event and office space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, creatives and small businesses. The Dealership offers members short/long-term desk space, office rental, high-speed fiber internet, 24/7 building access, conference and training rooms.

As the co-work operator, ECDI will offer services for all stages of small business development, office space, small business training, one-on-one technical assistance, networking events, and access to capital services.

“We are thrilled to partner with ECDI at The Dealership. They bring a proven track record of serving and working with small businesses and entrepreneurs in all stages of the business life cycle,” says Nick Fedor, Executive Director of SHDC. “ECDI will be a great resource for current tenants, future tenants and the broader small business community.”

Carrie Rosenfelt, Executive Director of ECDI’s Northern Ohio region says, “This partnership presents an opportunity to create a vibrant hub of small business activity in Shaker Heights. Our goals for the partnership include strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem and increasing economic prosperity and sustainable economic growth.”

The “Dealership Debut” is on Thursday, December 1 from 4-7 pm. The event will include remarks from Mayor Leiken, a showcase of local businesses, interactive community-building activities and a business pitch competition.

The pitch competition, presented by Huntington Bank, is open to all Shaker Heights based businesses. A first place prize of $2,500 and a second place prize of $500 will be awarded.

For additional information regarding office space please contact Nick Fedor at 216.491.1425 or [email protected]

For additional information regarding co-work space, events or the business plan competition, please contact: Alexis Coffey at: 216.912.5655 or [email protected]

About Shaker Heights Development Corporation

Shaker Heights Development Corporation is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing Shaker’s commercial districts. SHDC envisions an enriched Shaker Heights community that seamlessly blends our innovative history into a vibrant future by fostering entrepreneurial opportunities and stimulating sustainable economic growth. Learn more

About ECDI

The Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) is Ohio’s largest non-profit economic development organization with offices in Cleveland, Akron, Toledo, and Columbus. ECDI’s mission is “to invest in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change.” Since inception, ECDI has provided small business owners with more than $35 million in startup or expansion capital. Over 1,680 loans have been disbursed to innovative businesses, and over 6,100 jobs created or retained in the state of Ohio. Programs and services have been supported by over $63 million in federal, state, local and private funds and have proven to spur local economic development. For more information visit