Community Partner: ECDI

The Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI) is the 3rd largest SBA microlender in the US. ECDI’s mission is “to create measurable and enduring social and economic change” for
communities by helping entrepreneurs and small business access the capital they need to grow. Through a variety of lending programs, ECDI provides capital to entrepreneurs who are unable to access it through traditional lenders.

At the close of the 2016 fiscal year, ECDI’s Northern Ohio office loaned $3 million, 52% of which went to women, and 44% to minority business owners. ECDI created 243 new jobs, and helped create or expand 168 businesses. Through various educational programs 247 clients received training, and 580 received 1:1 coaching.

ECDI is dedicated to provide their lending and educational services to the immigrant and refugee community. The Northern Ohio office staffs a full-time relationship manager, Rebecca Mayhew, to exclusively work with clients within the refugee/immigrant community. She provides hands on technical assistance, financial literacy training, and works closely with resettlement agencies to help them establish new careers.

For more information on our lending programs please visit or call 216.912.5655.

International Hiring 101: Tap into New Talent Pools

Join Global Cleveland, MidTown and Health Tech Corridor for an informational session on how to grow your business and impact your hiring goals by bringing on international talent.

Did you know?

  • International students in STEM fields can work for a period of up to 3 years after graduation under OPT (optional practical training) which does not require visa sponsorship
  • Refugees come to the US with full work authorization (no sponsorship required)

With support from local refugee resettlement agencies and experts with the Refugees Services Collaborative of Cleveland (RSC), local employers are discovering a new talent pool, finding the skilled employees they need, and experiencing increased productivity. The local economy is benefiting too, with about $50 million generated by refugee resettlement and employment.

Join us to learn how your organization can benefit from tapping into these talent pools. Speakers for this session will be Erin Brown, Immigration Attorney with and Kerissa MacKay, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).

Breakfast and coffee will be provided, and seating is limited - please make sure to RSVP!

Date and Time

Fri, February 10, 2017
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST


Midtown Cleveland Inc
5000 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103