Celebrate local foods with the Economic and Community Development Institute and Celebrate Local!

March 5, 2012 § Leave a comment


You know that eating local foods keeps dollars circulating locally, is environmentally friendly, and strengthens the local economy. And in a region that boasts some of the tastiest seasonal plants and food products, eating local is delicious. At the Economic and Community Development Institute, we support local farmers by providing them access to markets and resources through our Celebrate Local store at Easton.

We’d love for you to join us as we get creative with local foods in a cooking demonstration with Edible Columbus Tricia Wheeler at the M/I Demo Kitchen at Easton Town Center. Invite a friend!

Heart-healthy bison sliders with local cheese / veggie burgers
Brussels sprouts in Ohio maple syrup
Rhubarb fool / JC’s sweet tea / sparkling lemon verbena drink

Please register now as space is limited. The class costs just $35 and includes a tour of Celebrate Local where attendees can meet the entrepreneurs behind the successful local business Luna Burger vegan burgers. If you can’t make it this month, we’re offering the course again during lunchtime in April. Register now!

Small Business Law with Steve Fireman: IRS and Small Business Installment Agreements

January 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hopefully, you won’t need this information because you are current with your federal taxes. However, should you find yourself behind with the IRS, here are some things you must know this tax season:

The IRS has streamlined its Small Business Installment Agreement process and has now made these agreements available to more businesses. The IRS has raised the dollar limit to allow more small businesses to participate. Now, businesses with $25,000.00 or less in unpaid tax liability may be eligible for the installment agreement program (historically, it was businesses with $10,000.00 or less). The small business participants have 24 months to repay the liability.  For more information, visit www.irs.gov or contact me at sfireman@ecdi.org.

December 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Happy Holidays from everyone here at ECDI! We would like to remind you of the wonderful things we have been up to this holiday! The Celebrate Local store at Easton Town Center, which features local ECDI vendors, has been working to create unique gift baskets for every person on your list. We encourage you to stop by and see the progress the store has made and enjoy free samples of our local products every Thursday and Sunday.

Starbucks and ECDI?

December 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

What do Starbucks and ECDI have in common? We are both working with the Opportunity Finance Network  to create jobs and lending opportunities for low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities to join the economic mainstream.

Starbucks is selling wristbands for $5 at every location and one-hundred percent of the proceeds go to OFN to fund capital grants to local lenders like ECDI who fund small businesses. For every $5 that is donated, $35 dollars can be lent out from OFN, making the path towards helping small businesses grow into a much-needed expressway. For a preview of what these wristbands look like and more information, click here.

The next time you stop by your local Starbucks, be sure to purchase the wristband not only to donate but also to show your support for local small businesses.

All-local Gift Baskets!

December 2, 2011 § 1 Comment


Celebrate Local is at it again, providing interesting all-local gifts for this holiday season. The team at Celebrate Local is working with our fantastic vendors to provide gift baskets that can satisfy even the pickiest on your list. The baskets are divided into three different price categories, ‘Local Fan’ at $30, ‘Local Enthusiast’ at $50 and ‘Local Hero’ at $100.

The Local Fan category basket themes include Sweet, Spice, Beauty, Fresh Baked, Cheese Lovers, Chocolate Lovers, and even Gluten Free. For those on your list who have a bit of a sweet tooth, The Celebrate Sweet, Celebrate Fresh Baked, Celebrate Chocolate Lovers, and Celebrate Gluten free all come highly recommended. For those whose prefer the savory, there are Celebrate Spice and Celebrate Cheese Lovers varieties. Additionally, the Celebrate Beauty Basket offers a selection of skin and hair care products, all local of course.

The Local Enthusiast category offers a broader range of all the baskets from the Local Fan category, or baskets that celebrate Romance, Handmade, Carnivores, and Herbivores. The Romance basket includes all the items necessary for a relaxing evening, such as locally-sourced wine, baklava, and scented candles. The Celebrate Handmade Basket is aimed for those who enjoy creative crafts and handmades. Have any meat lovers on your list? The Celebrate Carnivores includes a selection of grass-fed beef and bison, perfect for roasting or grilling. If you’ve got a vegetarian in your life, the Celebrate Herbivores gift includes a selection of pasta, veggie burgers, and vegetarian-friendly fare.

The largest size of basket is the Local Hero category. Any of the basket varieties mentioned above can be If you’re not sure about which basket to choose, the Celebrate Local Basket provides a deluxe assortment of Ohio products from all categories.

To order a basket today call (614)423-4509, fill out a request form , or stop by the Celebrate Local store at Easton for an order form. The order is not placed until a Celebrate Local staff member calls to take payment.

Celebrate Local requests 7 days to process orders, baskets can be shipped anywhere in the U.S.A.

Thank you!

November 15, 2011 § Leave a comment


Wow, last week the Columbus Foundation challenged Central Ohians to 24 hours of philanthropic giving.

Can you believe they raised $8.7 million for local non-profit organizations? Thank you, Columbus, for being charitable, enthusiastic, and bold.

Small Business Law: Why Wouldn’t You Get It In Writing?

October 28, 2011 § Leave a comment


This article originally appeared in the Metropreneur on Oct. 20, 2011.
In every aspect of life, we seek out second opinions when we receive services from a professional or tradesperson. It just makes sense when we are dealing with issues and matters that we are unfamiliar with that we either affirm the advise or recommendation that we receive.

It does not matter whether we are dealing with a strange noise our car is making, the need for better insulation in our homes, or an invasive procedure recommended by a medical specialist. Common sense, fiscal sense, and sometimes safety mandates we obtain another opinion to either confirm or call into question the original recommended course of action.

So why do people seemingly never get second opinions when receiving legal advice or services? Because we have been brainwashed and conditioned that it is uncouth or impolite to do so.

Ridiculous! Here are some reasons you absolutely must have a “second opinion counsel” in your corner:

Just as you would want a second medical opinion before undergoing an intensive treatment or surgery, it is important to have a second attorney review your case if you have any doubts about how your lawyer is handling your proceeding. Some valid reasons to pursue a second legal opinion include:

  • You want greater certainty you have made or will make the proper decision to sue or go forward if suit is already filed
  • You suspect improper, incompetent, or insufficient handling of a case
  • You believe there is a conflict of interest
  • Your case is moving too slowly
  • Your case is costing a lot but you are not seeing results or value for those costs
  • Your lawyer does not seem familiar with the area of law or the legal complexities involved with your case
  • You can’t get meaningful answers or clear strategies from your attorneys about the case

If you are concerned about how your lawyer is preparing or prosecuting your case, it may be in your best interest to receive a second opinion from a law firm that you can trust. Our attorneys are committed to reviewing all aspects of your legal proceeding and can advise you on whether or not your case is being properly handled.

Whether you need clarification on the legal process or you are considering changing or adding your current counsel, we have the knowledge and experience to address all of your legal business concerns.