ECDI, Huntington Advance Small Business Capital Access Practices

ECDI, Huntington Advance Small Business Capital Access Practices

Two of the nation’s top SBA lenders are gathering small business lending and community development leaders for a conference in Columbus, August 6-8, 2024.

Columbus, OH, Feb. 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In a first-ever partnership, two of America’s top Small Business Administration (SBA) lenders, both based in Columbus, will come together. the 2024 Great Lakes Creditors Conference: Credit Innovations August 6-8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. ECDI#1 SBA microloan intermediary lender, will host the event Huntington National Bank, leader, by volume, in SBA’s 7(a) category. This is the first time the long-running annual event will be held in Columbus.

In hosting the conference, ECDI is responding to the need for long-time lending practitioners to extend the event beyond lending to make the ecosystem of support required by business owners who lack the resources to build sustainable businesses more inclusive, and to share ideas and best practices more broadly. to ensure sharing. The three-day summit will bring together top SBA experts, industry experts, business lenders, support providers, business owners and private funders from the Midwest and the United States.

In addition to best practices in SBA lending, sessions will focus on the importance of promoting more equitable prosperity for small business owners in all communities and seek to explore new and innovative ways to strengthen small business investment.

“In fast-growing regions like Central Ohio, where corporations like Intel, Google and Amazon continue to drive economic growth, it’s critical to find more ways to help underserved small businesses participate in growth. opportunity,” said ECDI Founder and CEO Inna Kinney. “This conference provides an amazing platform to start conversations about the need for collaborative, inclusive strategies across our industry, and we welcome desk lenders, small business owners, civic partners, entrepreneur support organizations and anyone interested in success. small businesses in our communities. We could not have done this work without the partnership of The Huntington, which has helped extend our mission beyond the walls of ECDI.

“For nearly 20 years, ECDI has been a trusted partner in creating a fairer environment for small business lending. We are excited to come together to bring together thought leaders, practitioners and industry experts in our shared hometown,” said Brant Standridge, Huntington’s President of Consumer and Regional Banking. “We understand the huge impact small businesses have on communities and local economies. Together, we hope to provide more small business owners with the tools and resources they need to start, grow and thrive.”

Guided networking and tours are planned throughout the three-day conference to help foster deeper cross-industry connections, including bus tours where attendees will visit local businesses and hear the owners’ personal journeys.

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ECDI is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that underbanked entrepreneurs, regardless of where they come from, where they live, gender or race, have access to the financing and business incubation services they need to succeed. Based in Columbus, with offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Canton, Toledo and Portsmouth, we serve small businesses in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Indiana. As the nation’s top SBA microloan broker and US Treasury-designated CDFI, we’ve helped more than 33,000 individuals, disbursed more than $177 million through more than 6,500 loans with an average loan amount of $26,000, and more than 43,500 We have created and maintained many jobs. since 2004. More:


Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $189 billion active regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1866, Huntington National Bank and its affiliates provide comprehensive banking, payments, wealth management and risk management products and services to consumers, small and mid-market businesses, corporations, municipalities and other organizations. Huntington operates nearly 1,000 branches in 11 states, with some businesses operating in large geographies. visit For more details.

CONTACT: Amee BellWanzo Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) 614-296-0128 [email protected]
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