Areas of Expertise

Social Enterprise
EDAC regularly aids proponents of social enterprises and provides market analyses, business plans and grantsmanship assistance.
Healthy Food Financing Initiatives
We have obtained millions of dollars (typically averaging $800,000) in federal grants for clients for the following types of projects:

  • Agriculture & Urban Faming Endeavors
  • Farmers Markets & Mobile Satellites
  • Food Hubs
  • Public Markets
  • Supermarkets
Green Business
Innovative projects assisted range from solar panel manufacturing to the establishment of Chicago’s Green Exchange- “the merchandise mart” for green ventures.
Our specialists have years of experience in developing incubators and supporting individual manufacturing facilities for components such as truck or train parts and/or the assembly of prefabricated housing panels.
Retail Revitalization
EDAC is frequently retained by foundations, local governments and community development corporations to assess revitalization strategies and obtain federal grants for the redevelopment of retail corridors and commercial nodes.
Job Creation Innovation & Incentives
Our consortium has prepared numerous studies, handbooks and federal policy manuals with respect to job creation and workforce innovations. We assemble teams to provide best practice advice and strategies for various types of collaborations for local and regional public/private partnerships and assist municipalities and states in addressing requests for subsidies and related incentives.