Invest in Locally Owned Businesses

investlocalohioInvest Local Ohio is a program created by the Economic and Community Development Institute that makes it easy for Central Ohioans to make money and better their community through small business investment. Every dollar committed to the Invest Local Ohio program will be loaned to a local small business and leveraged with at least two more dollars from other ECDI loan funds; investors will receive a minimum 2 percent return on their investment. Learn more about Invest Local Ohio at ECDI’s website or watch a video.


oeffa investment fundThe OEFFA Investment Fund is a project of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) working in partnership with the Sustainable Agriculture Fund, LLC. The purpose of the Fund is to promote sustainable agriculture in Ohio by making flexible and affordable capital available to farmers and farm-related businesses. Learn more at

Resources for Investing Locally

Slow Money Ohio:  If you want to focus your investment in sustainable food and food related businesses consider Slow Money groups in our state.  Visit Slow Money Ohio.

Community Supported Agriculture is a good way to invest in your local food shed. Learn more about various kinds of CSA.

Community Banks and Credit Unions are a major source of lending to local businesses. Contact them to inquire on ways to invest in our local economy.  Kemba Credit Union, Telhio Credit Union.

What is a community Bank? Learn more here.

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Support Our Local Economy CoalitionThink Columbus First is an initiative of: the Support Our Local Economy (SOLE) Coalition

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Reasons To Love Your Local Small Businesses:
  1. Supportive communities attract entrepreneurs who create local jobs
  2. They hire local people who know you & your unique needs
  3. They help give our communities personality and fun
  4. A 10% Shift from chain to local will create 5000 new jobs in Franklin County

Think Local

  • Consider adding more efficiency to your home or business. Visit Wattworks for indoor and outdoor LED lighting, IR heaters, solar power systems and more.
  • City Folks Farm Shop urban homesteading supplies in Columbus Central Ohio homesteaders and urban farmers can find supplies, classes and resources.
  • Shopping at Easton Town Center can be a local experience, when you visit Celebrate Local. The store features handmade and artisanal products from all over Ohio.

Where did you spend your $2 bill?

spend me local Have you seen one of our $2 bills? Did you get it as change from a local merchant? If so, pass it on to a friend or spend it at local independent business. Spread the word, contact us to get some $2 bills.