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2018 Ohio Microbusiness Summit

If your organization has an existing microbusiness development program or if you want to learn more about microbusiness development in Ohio,

Featured Speaker, Gary Schoeniger Founder & CEO of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, Gary is the co-author of Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur.

don’t miss this summit!

Join us for a day of informative sessions, discussion, and networking with microbusiness program providers throughout the state.

Featured Speaker, Gary Schoeniger  Founder & CEO of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative.  Gary is the co-author of Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur.

The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI) is a global thought leader dedicated to expanding human potential through entrepreneurial mindset education. ELI serves academic institutions, government agencies, profit, and nonprofit organizations around the world to empower their constituents with an entrepreneurial mindset through professional development, certification training, curriculum content, and consulting.

ELI is the creator of the Ice House Entrepreneurship Programs, which has been presented to the United Nations General Assembly, the Papal Council for Peace and Justice at the Vatican, and the European Commission.

In addition to the guest speaker, the agenda will include networking and a tour of ECDI’s Women’s Business Center and the Food Commissary.  This event is free to attend and lunch will be provided.
2018 Ohio Microbusiness Summit
May 17, 2018  /  9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
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1655 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
This summit is supported by Citizens Bank.

Harnessing the Forces of Gentrification to Improve your Neighborhood

For years, communities working to improve their economy have struggled with the forces of gentrification. In this workshop, we will explore how to define and measure gentrification, and practical tools to promote inclusive neighborhood development.

Presenters for this training are Brian Higgins of Parsons Area Redevelopment Corporation and Mark Barbash. This event is free to attend. Attendees will have lunch on their own.

Harnessing the Forces of Gentrification to Improve your Neighborhood
June 7, 2018  /  10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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Ohio CDC Association
100 E. Broad Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215


Community Development Week starts April 2nd

Please find below information from the Ohio Development Services Agency regarding Community Development Week April 2 – 6.

The week is an excellent opportunity to highlight the successes of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investments Partnerships program (HOME), and other critical community development resources.

Each year, you, our community development professionals are asked to do more with less. Through your collaborative efforts, we’ve been able to help many low- and moderate-income individuals in communities across the state.

This year marks the 32th anniversary of National Community Development Week. It is an opportunity for you to showcase your communities’ accomplishments and projects. It is an excellent opportunity to educate residents, business owners and elected officials about the CDBG, HOME and other community development programs through ODSA and how they improve the quality of life for all.

The work you do locally helps to strengthen communities across Ohio. We encourage you to participate in in Community Development Week this year. The Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA) has a planning guidebook for the week. The National Community Development Association also has resources and ideas for events and outreach you can do locally.

If your community is planning any activities or events during the week, please contact Deauna Gibbs at or 614-752-9556 with more information. We would like to highlight the change you’re making in the communities where you live and work.


Building a Successful HDGF Deal: No Credits, No Problem!

Looking to build or renovate a modest affordable housing deal but not sure where to start?

Want to master the application process for OHFA’s non-tax credit Housing Development Gap Financing program?

Are you a development pro but want a refresher on this dynamic program?

Join OHFA on April 5th for an interactive training with their experienced staff!

Registration is open through March 22, but seating is limited, so save your seat now.


RFP Open: AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate

Jump-start your summer with a VISTA Associate

The AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program is a 10 week initiative that offers organizations the opportunity to engage individuals in their community and get help enhancing existing programs.

The OCDCA AmeriCorps Summer VISTA RFP, which is separate from the year-long VISTA RFP, is now available.

Applications are due by February 9, 2018.

Funding for the OCDCA VISTA Project is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Limited slots are available; therefore, this is a competitive process.

This will be your only opportunity in 2018 to apply for OCDCA VISTA Summer support.

For questions or technical assistance, please contact Alana Perez at aperez AT or by phone at 614-461-6392 ext. 204.

Join us next week for a webinar that will provide an overview of the AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program.

What Is The OCDCA VISTA Summer Associate? / January 31, 2018 / 10:00 – 11:00 AM


Yellow Springs fourth-graders eye affordable housing

A heart warming story out of Yellow Springs, Ohio, a small, rural village in West-Central Ohio. Fourth graders at a local school working on a big project that really affected the community. They surveyed local residents about pressing issues, and decided to focus on affordable housing, which is a major challenge for the town – one that resonated with many of the students.

“Zoe Siemer, 10, said her family also lives in Xenia, and her father drives her to school each day.

“It took like three years before my family found a home here,” said Kiernan Anderson, 10 this month.

“My grandma and grandpa always wanted to live here,” Jonah Simon, 10, said.”

The semester-long study culminated in a visit from OCDCA member, YS Home Inc, where students shared their learnings and engaged in conversation with the Home, Inc. staff about affordable housing and their organization. One student asked Home, Inc. Executive Director and OCDCA board vice president Emily Seibel if she was proud:

“I’m proud of our mission,” she said. “It’s incredibly humbling to do this work. It’s food for the soul to help people get a home.”

Read the full article by Carol Simmons in The Yellow Springs News.

Photo by Carol Simmons


PCRG seeking session proposals for the 2018 community development summit

The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group will hold their eighth annual Community Development Summit on May 15-16 in Pittsburgh. They are currently seeking session proposals for this annual event.

Each year, the Summit features exciting keynote speakers and engaging breakout sessions designed to cover the myriad of issues that surround community development. Sessions from past years have covered topics from strategies for increasing financial resources available to communities; to land use topics such community planning, land recycling and affordable housing; to transit-oriented development and issues around access.

The Summit is a truly regional event, drawing speakers and participants not only from PCRG member organizations and neighborhoods, but also from surrounding cities, the broader region, and across the country. PCRG strives to make the Summit accessible to everyone who is passionate about rebuilding and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities – from community development professionals and elected officials to neighborhood volunteers.

Each year’s Summit focuses on a different theme that guides the selection of keynotes, session presenters, and more. For 2018, the theme is: Honoring the Past, Planning for the Future: 30 Years of Community Development in Pittsburgh. This year, they will provide space for reflection and rejuvenation to gather and celebrate the many accomplishments made over the last generation of community development.

Send your proposal by January 31, 2018.


We’re hiring an AmeriCorps VISTA program manager

The Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) is a statewide membership organization that fosters vibrant neighborhoods and improves the quality of life in all communities through advocacy and capacity building of our member agencies. OCDCA’s vision is the creation of a community development environment that comprehensively improves life opportunities for all Ohioans.

OCDCA is searching for an AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager to manage the AmeriCorps VISTA and Summer Associate programs in collaboration with OCDCA programs and subsite members. This position is responsible for overall program management, effective recruitment, and placement of VISTA members whose service addresses poverty alleviation while aligning with the objectives, policies and procedures of the AmeriCorps programs.

View the full listing. Please send resume and cover letter by October 20th.


OCDCA issues call for trainers and TA providers

Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) requests credentials from trainers and technical assistance providers for our programs for CDCs (Community Development Corporations).

Providers are needed in the areas of affordable housing, community economic development, food access, community empowerment and financial empowerment.

Priority is given to OCDCA members who submit qualifications by October 31, 2017 for the 2018 calendar year.

View the full announcement.

Please submit the following items.

1. A current resume of presenter(s) which includes contact information and any relevant certifications;

2. Your level of compensation. Please provide both a daily and hourly rate;

3. If you are a consultant, submit three customer references (name, organization, address, phone number and e-mail). Please indicate the services you performed for the customer and when they took place. If you are submitting on behalf of an organization, please submit a brief narrative about program success in community or organizational expertise in subject area;

4. A list of workshops or webinars you can provide and on what topics. Please briefly describe the workshops or webinars;

5. A list of topic areas in which you are willing to provide technical assistance.

Please submit your response to Melissa Miller at mmiller AT If you have any questions, please contact her at (614) 461-6392 ext. 209.


Kiva: Community Backed Loans

Kiva is an online platform, that allows small business owners and non-profit leaders to crowd-fund, zero interest loans up to $10,000.

The online platform allows for true peer-to-peer lending, giving communities a chance to support their local businesses, and for businesses to increase their reach and social capital.

At Kiva, we are working alongside communities to create a fully inclusive economy.

Kiva: Community Backed Loans webinar
October 24, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 AM
Register Here!