In The Company of Women, 2014

The Women’s Business Center of Ohio (WBC), powered by the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), has spent the last year and a half building a network of women business leaders in the Central Ohio community. The organization provides business counseling, training, networking and funding resources to assist women who are looking to successfully start or expand a business. The organization has had a tremendous impact on the local economy and has helped over 300 women business leaders.WBC-Logo-ECDI

This year the Women’s Business Center of Ohio is holding their first annual fundraising luncheon, In The Company of Women, 2014. This luncheon will serve to recognize the achievements of Central Ohio businesswomen while demonstrating how the Women’s Business Center has positively impacted the community.

Bestselling author Karen Hough, founder and CEO of ImprovEdge, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Karen’s energetic speaking style engages the audience with a fun, interactive and effective presentation that utilizes improvisational skills to help teach effective business communication techniques. Karen is a contributor to the Huffington Post,, and and is a graduate of Yale University. She trained at Chicago’s legendary Second City and has performed in over 100 live and filmed productions.

Recent success stories of the Women’s Business Center of Ohio include Renné Dismore, proprietor of Nay’s Pretzels With a Twist .

“I am very appreciative of the workshops, panel discussions and educational classes that have been afforded to me by the WBC,” Dismore commented. “It is a great place to connect, learn, network and do business. The attentive staff are quite the cheerleaders! I am so thankful I have partnered with them right from the beginning of Nay’s Pretzels With a Twist.”

With the help, education and guidance of the Food Fort, ECDI and the WBC, Dismore has been able to expand her pretzel business into many different grocery markets, gift shops and other local-focused businesses in the Columbus area. She is just one example of how the WBC and the ECDI work together to best nurture entrepreneurs to achieve their goals.

Join us as we celebrate this extraordinary organization and the women who have helped build it. Awards will be given for Volunteer of the Year, Member Business of the Year and Corporate Partner of the Year. For individual tickets and corporate table sales, visit the Women’s Business Center web site at For sponsorship opportunities contact Patty Tumen, [email protected] or 614-732-0577.

– Anya Sattely