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Membership meetings: your voice matters

Please join Ohio CDC Association for industry updates and networking. We want to hear your thoughts on your successes, challenges, and ideas!

New this year, we will also focus on a specific community development tactic at each meeting: affordable housing; community economic development; financial empowerment; food access; and community engagement.

Choose either the location or the topic that speaks to you most! The first meeting in Southeast Ohio in April covered food access and was a wonderful success.

Central Ohio 
Theme: Financial Empowerment
1655 Old Leonard Avenue
Columbus, OH 43219
June 14, 2017   /   10 AM – 12 PM
Southwest Ohio 
Theme: Community Economic Development
Price Hill Will
3724 St. Lawrence Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45205
July 12, 2017   /   10 AM – 12 PM
Northwest Ohio 
Theme: Community Engagement
Nexus Health Care
1415 Jefferson Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604
August 16, 2017   /   10 AM – 12 PM
Northeast Ohio 
Theme: Affordable Housing
The Dealership
3558 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
August 22, 2017   /   10 AM – 12 PM

We hope to see you at one or more membership meeting. As a reminder, you do not have to be a member of the Ohio CDC Association to attend these meetings.

We welcome all community development and community-based organizations, local governments, public officials, and more!

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Miller at (614) 461-6392 ext. 209.

2017 Membership Meetings proudly sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.


Deep discount to national People & Places conference

OCDCA members are eligible for $100 off the early-bird rate for People & Places 2017, which lifts local solutions to a national stage.

It’s a great opportunity to connect with placemakers from different regions, cultures, and national networks.

View the content outline to see how the themes and content relate to your 2017 goals. You’ll connect you to a network of placemakers who are just a phone call, email, text or tweet away.

The price after the $100 discount is $225.

The $100 off promotion is good ONLY from January 25-31. It’s the least expensive registration price that will be offered at any time.





Coming up: microbusiness summit – best practices

OCDCA is working to strengthen microbusiness in Ohio.

If your organization has an existing microbusiness development program or if you want to learn more about microbusiness development in Ohio, don’t miss this summit!

Join us on April 13th for a day of informative sessions, discussion, and networking with microbusiness program providers throughout the state.

2016 Microbusiness Summit: Best Practices
April 13, 2016 / 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Chase Bank Building
100 E. Broad Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Register Here!
Free to attend. / Lunch will be provided.




The 2016 Microbusiness Summit: Best Practices will allow participants to share ideas and strategies to bolster the effectiveness of their microbusiness program.

It will feature ample networking opportunities and panel discussions about microbusiness best practices on underwriting and collections; and ensuring and measuring success of your microbusiness clients.

Time Activity
9:30 am – 10:30 am Registration, Coffee, and Networking
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Panel Discussion: Underwriting and Collections
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch and Networking
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Panel Discussion: Measuring and Ensuring Success of Your Microbusiness Clients
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Brief Update on Microbusiness in Ohio from OCDCA



2014 Ohio Microbusiness Network summit on best practices recap

Yesterday, we held the 2014 Ohio Microbusiness Network Spring Summit on best practices for microbusiness development organizations. The summit included nearly forty practitioners, some well-established and some that have yet to begin. The impact of the organizations at the Summit includes over 3000 individuals provided with training and technical assistance and nearly 300 microloans used to start businesses in Ohio.


The networking heavy summit began with a panel of established programs, discussing documentation and procedures for microloans and for underwriting. Nontraditional forms of underwriting are a unique aspect of microlending that was discussed heavily. There was a wealth of experience that helped new and old organizations look at their own lending procedures and think about what they could change about them.


After a rambunctious speed networking session (and of course lunch!) there was a second panel that blended newer and older programs with marketing expertise to talk about effectively spreading the word about microlending programs. Social media marketing was discussed at length (including a shout out to this blog!), and people came away with some great info on reaching every demographic they could hope for, as well as how to gather and utilize data to tell their story.



The Ohio Microbusiness Network is a great forum for discussion for microbusiness development practitioners. There are monthly conference calls, biannual summits, and a developing web forum. If you are interested in microbusiness development, or are a current development practitioner, and would like to join the network, please contact David Foust at or Sam Bolam at