Inna Kinney, founder and CEO of the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), which has been named the nation's largest Small Business Administration microlender.
ECDI is the largest Small Business Administration microlender in the United States
Inna Kinney, founder and CEO of the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), which has been named the nation's largest Small Business Administration microlender.

Columbus now has two of the most successful Small Business Administration lenders in the nation.

For four consecutive years, Huntington Bancshares has been named the largest SBA lender in the United States And in late January, the Economic Community Development Institute (ECDI) became the nation’s largest SBA microlender.

Small businesses were in dire need of capital during the pandemic, and ECDI stepped up to fill the void. In 2020, from April to December, the nonprofit distributed $16.9 million in loans. In 2021, the organization granted 2,757 loans, worth $61.2 million.

“It’s a huge honor for us, but especially since the onset of COVID,” said Inna Kinney, 59, of Bexley, who is the founder and CEO of ECDI. “We’ve made a strategic effort to help small businesses because historically they can’t get financing from traditional financial institutions.”

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