COLUMBUS, Ohio, February 8, 2024 (Globe Newswire) — A first-of-its-kind collaboration brings together two of America's Small Business Administration (SBA) top lenders headquartered in Columbus. We will meet and stand on stage.of 2024 Great Lakes Lender Conference: Innovation in financing Held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center from August 6th to 8th. ECDIWe will be hosting an event hosted by , the number one SBA microloan intermediary lender. huntington national bank, By volume, it is the leader in the SBA's 7(a) category. This is the first time this long-running annual event will be held in Columbus.
In hosting the conference, ECDI responds to the needs of organizational leaders, as long-time lending practitioners, to move the event beyond lending and into the support ecosystem that cash-strapped business owners need to build sustainable enterprises. We are responding to the need to expand the business more comprehensively. It allows ideas and best practices to be shared more widely. The three-day summit will bring together top SBA experts, industry experts, business lenders, support providers, business owners, and citizen funders from across the Midwest and the United States.
In addition to SBA lending best practices, sessions will focus on the importance of fostering fairer prosperity for small business owners in all communities, and will focus on new and creative ways to promote investment in small businesses. We aim to discover new methods.
“In fast-growing regions like central Ohio, where companies like Intel, Google, and Amazon continue to accelerate economic growth rates, we need more ways to help resource-poor small businesses grow and participate in growth. It's about finding them,” said Inna Kinney, Founder and CEO of ECDI. “This conference creates a great platform to start a conversation about the need for a collaborative and inclusive strategy across our industry: table lenders, small business owners, citizen partners, and entrepreneurial supporters. We welcome participation from organizations and anyone interested in our success.''Without the Huntington partnership, we are helping expand our mission beyond the walls of ECDI for small businesses in our community. This job could not be done. ”
“For nearly 20 years, ECDI has been a trusted partner in creating a more equitable environment for small business lending,” said Brant Standridge, president of Huntington’s consumer and rural banking division. “We understand that small businesses have a tremendous impact on their communities and local economies. Together, we can inspire more small business owners to start their own businesses. We want to give you the tools and resources you need to , grow, and thrive.”
Guided networking and tours are planned throughout the three-day conference to deepen connections between industries, including a bus tour where participants visit local businesses and hear from business owners about their personal journeys.
For more information, Loan Innovation Conferenceprogramming, guest speakers and more. www.lendinginnovators.com.
ECDI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that underbanked entrepreneurs, regardless of their origin, residence, gender, or race, have access to the capital and business incubation services they need to succeed . Based in Columbus, with offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Canton, Toledo, and Portsmouth, we serve small and medium-sized businesses in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana. As the nation's top SBA microloan intermediary and U.S. Treasury designated CDFI, we have assisted more than 33,000 individuals and disbursed more than $177 million through more than 6,500 loans with an average loan size of $26,000. We have created and retained more than 43,500 jobs. Since 2004. Click here for details: www.ecdi.org.
About Huntington National Bank
Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $189 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1866, Huntington National Bank and its affiliates provide comprehensive banking, payments, asset management and risk management products and services to consumers, small businesses, corporations, local governments and other organizations. doing. Huntington operates approximately 1,000 branches in her 11 states, with some operations operating in wide geographic areas.visit huntington.com For more information.