ECDI, Huntington to Host Lending Innovations Conference

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two of the top Small Business Administration lenders in America are teaming up to host the 2024 Great Lakes Lenders Conference: Lending Innovations from Aug. 6 to 8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The three-day summit, presented by ECDI and Huntington National Bank, will bring together top SBA experts, industry professionals, business lenders, support providers, business owners and civic funders from across the Midwest and the U.S.

In addition to best practices in SBA lending, sessions will focus on the importance of fostering more equitable prosperity for small business owners of all communities and will seek to discover new and inventive ways to bolster small business investment.

“In fast-growing regions, such as central Ohio, where corporations like Intel, Google and Amazon continue to speed the rate of economic growth, it is critical to find more ways to help under-resourced small businesses take part in the growth and opportunity,” said Inna Kinney, ECDI’s founder and CEO. “This conference creates an amazing platform to start conversations about the need for collaborative, inclusive strategies throughout our industry, and we welcome to the table lenders, small business owners, civic partners, entrepreneur support organizations and any person with an interest in the success of small businesses in our communities.”

Guided networking and excursions are planned throughout the three-day conference to aid deeper cross-industry connections, including bus tours, where attendees will visit local businesses and hear the personal journeys of the owners.

“We understand the tremendous impact small businesses have on communities and local economies,” said Brant Standridge, Huntington’s consumer and regional banking president. “Together, we hope to provide more small business owners with the tools and resources they need to start, grow and prosper.”

For more information about the conference, including programming, guest speakers and more, click HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.