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Women's Business Center of Ohio

The Women’s Business Center of Ohio, powered by ECDI, is the only U.S. Small Business Administration-funded Women’s Business Center in the state. Your membership card provides access to a furnished space that may be used anytime during office hours, as well as the following amenities and benefits:

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  • Access to Laptops and PC’s
  • Wireless Internet Available
  • Free Core Business Classes
  • Notary Services
  • Industry Round Tables
  • Printing Services
  • Biz to Biz Profile Page
  • One on One Counseling


Hours of operation: NEW HOURS EFFECTIVE 1/1/2014
Monday, Wednesday  9am-5pm
Tuesday, Thursday  12noon-8pm
Friday  9am-5pm
Saturday  9am-1pm the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.
Sunday  CLOSED


Training Schedule

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:30PM-8PM: E-commerce Basics

  • Please join the Women's Business Center & Tech Expert Lisa Hoy for an informational class on the basics of e-commerce websites. Lisa will cover the different types of ecommerce, the difference between websites and ecommerce sites, and considerations when designing your site.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop for a special hands-on activity. This class is open to all and free for WBC members, $25 for non-members.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 5:30PM-6:30PM: Online Networking with LinkedIN

  • Please join the Women's Business Center for an informative class designed to create a better understanding of the world largest online professional network, LinkedIN. Participants will be given a step-by-step guide on creating personal and professional profile pages and tips on utilizing the network to promote business and build contacts. This class is open to all and free      for WBC members, $25 for non-members.


Thursday, May 22, 2014, 6PM-8PM: WBC Meet & Greet @ Celebrate Local, 3952 Townsfair Way, Columbus, OH 43219

  • Please Join the WBC for a special networking event at Celebrate Local at Easton Towne Center! Members will get the chance to network with CL vendors, sample delicious foods and drinks, and meet CL Co-Owner Lynn Stan. Stan will  speak about placing your product in a retail location and highlight a few vendors currently in her store. This event is free and open to all, please register in advance on the WBC EventBrite page. * By law there will be an additional fee if you wish to participate in wine or beer tasting!


Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 5:30PM-6:30PM: Legal Business Structure Info Session

  • Starting your own business? Are you aware of all the different liabilities involved when venturing into the business world and how to address then?  Get informed! Join The WBC and Eastman & Smith LTD. Attorneys David Jackson and Rene Rimmelspach for an intimate discussion about the legal business structures available in Ohio.

     Topics of discussion will include:

•Liability protection

•Ownership rights and responsibilities

•Addressing capital and funding needs of the business

•Tax structuring

This event is open to all and $10 for WBC members with discount code, $35 for non-members.









*Classes are free to WBC Members, $25 for non-members. 

Click here to register for all upcoming WBC classes and events. 



Online Training

For training offered through the SBA, please click here.

For training offered through ECDI, pleaes click here.



The WBC Business Directory

U.S. Small Business Administration

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

Education and mentoring services for small businesses to help them grow and succeed through education and mentorship.

Providing entrepreneurial development assistance and business consulting to start-up and emerging business owners for Ohio’s minority and disadvantaged business community. Training programs regarding business startup and business plan development, branding and minority certification. For training opportunities click


The Ohio Development Services Agency helps improve access to capital and support for small- and minority-owned businesses

Working to support Columbus’ businesses with the resources and information they need to overcome obstacles for over 126 years

Providing business training and capital for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in central Ohio

Enabling female entrepreneurs to build and manage businesses through mentoring, education and access to capital.

Helping connect women in local business with resources through social media and networking

Assisting businesses grow through affordable financing by providing low down payments, competitive interest rates, long-term financing, and economic development since 1981

Helping people find new and better jobs and businesses maintain a capable workforce through its’ partnerships and expertise


Accomodations for Individuals with Disabilities

The WBC services are provided without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, and disability. Reasonable accomodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. To make a request or obtain more information, please contact us at 614-732-0981.


About Us

Carlie Urell recently joined the Economic & Community Development Institute in September. As The Women’s Business Center of Ohio’s Relationship Counselor, Carlie is responsible for assisting with day-to-day operations including overseeing business training and educational services, updating the WBC’s various social media outlets, and providing direct service to clients. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching from John Hopkins University and attended Miami University for her undergraduate degree. With six years of experience in business development, marketing, and education, she is a welcome addition the ECDI team.


Ellen Harvey joined the Economic & Community Development Institute in January 2010. As The Program Director for The Women’s Business Center of Ohio, Ellen is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of The WBC. With twenty years of experience in lending, She has assisted over 100 WBC clients with start-up business development, expansion, funding, and job creation.

She also serves as a point of contact for the Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership.



"Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration." 




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