SOLE Coalition Supports Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Cinco de Mayo at Los Jalapenos

Local Mexican restaurant holds awesome Cinco de Mayo celebration with help from SOLE Coalition partners. . . . → Read More: SOLE Coalition Supports Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Huffington Post Job Raising Challenge Features Columbus’ ECDI

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ECDI has helped start more than 2,000 businesses creating and retaining over 4,000 jobs over the last 8 years. They are now in the Job Raising Challenge, read how you can help create more jobs. . . . → Read More: Huffington Post Job Raising Challenge Features Columbus’ ECDI

Box Lunch and Learn: A Step by Step Guide: Partner with Your Community Foundation hosted at ECDI

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Join us on February 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm ET – Partner with Your Community Foundation to Advance Local Procurement and Fund Your Work . . . → Read More: Box Lunch and Learn: A Step by Step Guide: Partner with Your Community Foundation hosted at ECDI

Why We Can’t “Just” Shop Our Way to a Better Economy: Stacy Mitchell at TEDxDirigo

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The next step after shifting our shopping to local. Local economy expert, Stacy Mitchell stresses the need for supporting changes in public policy that level the playing field for small business. “What we really need to do is change the underlying policies that shape our economy…” . . . → Read More: Why We Can’t “Just” Shop Our Way to a Better Economy: Stacy Mitchell at TEDxDirigo

Finance Fund gives community focused Ohio small businesses a boost

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Finance Fund provides community organizations throughout Ohio with assistance and funding to make worthy projects a reality. . . . → Read More: Finance Fund gives community focused Ohio small businesses a boost

Local Indie Business Owners Start Conversation on Local Economy

SOLE Coaltion Business Owner Gathering

An informal and candid discussion of the topics on the minds of small business owners in Columbus. . . . → Read More: Local Indie Business Owners Start Conversation on Local Economy

Clintonville Winter Farmers’ Market

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Clintonville Farmers’ Market is partnering with St. James Episcopal Church to host our first-ever winter market! The new market will be indoors and centered on community gathering, cooking, and education. St. James has graciously agreed to let us utilize their commercial kitchen to feature food demos during market hours.

Members of the community including . . . → Read More: Clintonville Winter Farmers’ Market

November BALLE Live! Webinars

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BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) have re-engineered their webinar series, BALLE Live!, to give you direct connections with the people, information and resources you crave. More practical, how-to, real-world advice. Access to THE experts who are making the case for Localism, procurement, social and economic justice, and more. Topics include Community Capital, . . . → Read More: November BALLE Live! Webinars

School and non-profit fundraising: keeping it local

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Imagine the next time you look over the school fundraiser catalog, instead of World’s Finest Chocolate you see cookies from The Batch Bakery, cupcakes from Sweet Scetti or  a hand grenade shaped bath bar from Stinky Bomb Soap, all made by local independent businesses in Columbus, Ohio.  A creative entrepreneur could come up with . . . → Read More: School and non-profit fundraising: keeping it local

New Study Shows the Social and Economic Impacts of Food Co-ops

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A new study, Healthy Foods Healthy Communities: The Social and Economic Impacts of Food Co-ops, quantifies the impact food co-ops have as compared to conventional grocery stores. The study was conducted by the ICA Group, a not-for-profit consulting firm with expertise in cooperatives, economic development, and business research. The 17-page report can be downloaded in . . . → Read More: New Study Shows the Social and Economic Impacts of Food Co-ops

Who Built That?

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With the slew of personal attacks and irrelevant trivia that tends to dominate the airwaves in an election year, one could be forgiven for not following politics too closely right now. Recently, though, something of substance emerged out of the bickering, something that may challenge our most deeply held feelings about supporting local businesses. . . . → Read More: Who Built That?

Winter Farmers’ Market Grows Small Businesses

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A visit to the Columbus Winter Farmers’ Market in early 2012 features several local vendors. Farmers’ Markets are important incubators of new food based businesses and farms.

Support Our Local Economy News and Events for April & May 2012

Hello SOLE Mates,

Things are heating up early this spring – the weather, for sure, but also activities and events for SOLE and Think Columbus First (TCF).  TCF is the face of our campaign to educate citizens about how they can support the local economy.

If you haven’t visited our websites recently, please do – we’ve made . . . → Read More: Support Our Local Economy News and Events for April & May 2012

EVENT 3/22: New Invest Local Ohio Fund Offers Individuals an Alternative Way to Save

Thurs Mar 22 6:30 pm

The session is free but limited to 12 people. RSVP now using the information below!

The Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) has created an innovative opportunity for anyone with a minimum of $1000 to invest in small businesses in central Ohio. You can earn up to 3% . . . → Read More: EVENT 3/22: New Invest Local Ohio Fund Offers Individuals an Alternative Way to Save

Opportunity Multiplied

This video explains the work of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) like the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) based in Columbus. CDFIs combine creative and innovative financing, responsible lending practices and affordable products and services to meet the needs of America’s investors, communities and individuals. ECDI has “created a job a day . . . → Read More: Opportunity Multiplied