Coworking is defined as individuals and companies engaging in different and independent activities but under the same roof. The Women’s Small Business Accelerator’s coworking space includes separate office suites and cubicles available to rent. This shared office space allows businesses to have the offices they desperately need, but not the overhead they usually can't afford.
We offer several different types of office suites to women business owners. View our available spaces.
The WSBA coworking space and educational programs are separate benefits. You do not need to rent an office to be a participant in the accelerator programs, and you do not need to become an accelerator participant in order to rent office space. However, there are some benefits and discounts afforded to businesses that take advantage of both programs.
No. If you are in the process of launching your business and would like to rent space within the WSBA, you are more than welcome; however, we request that you have a business plan in place.
Tenants have 24/7 access to the building.
The WSBA offices will support 1-2 individuals within a space depending upon square footage. Companies who sign a lease may use a WSBA office with up to only one employee for safety and occupancy reasons.
Our mission is dedicated to bringing success to female entrepreneurs. Although we support male-owned business and the opposite sex in general, the WSBA is focused on providing opportunities and office space to women-owned businesses. We are more than happy to steer you toward other helpful resources and office spaces.
The conference room is available to tenants for free as part of their monthly rent. The space is also available to non-tenants for a small fee. Use of the conference rooms are on a first-reservation basis. Please click here for more information on renting our conference room...
- Dedicated office or desk
- 2 conference rooms and 1 creative space
- 2 kitchens
- Free WiFi
- Free utilities
- Free parking
- Mail collection
- Facilitated Peer-to-Peer Roundtables
- Discounted educational programming
- 20% off discount off Think Space Columbus (a training and event space)
- Opportunity to collaborate with other women-business owners
- Networking and WSBA community events
Please contact us for more information regarding session start dates.
The Education Programs are comprehensive, highly structured programs that dive deeper into a specific curriculum than Power Circle. Specifically, the Education Programs follow a customized workbook developed specifically for the corresponding stage of your business, includes guest lecturers who will participate in helping participants develop key deliverables, and requires an intensive weekly commitment for 6 months. Our Power Circles still offer great guest speakers and information, but they are designed to be less structured in their setting and more flexible in their content.
Any woman business owner is eligible! Our education programs are open to women business owners or, in the case of The Inspired program, women who have a business idea and need help exploring and formalizing their concept.
There are 3 levels of Education Programs: The Inspired, The Determined, and The Empowered. Each program is dedicated to assisting women business owners create, finalize, or revamp necessary plans to develop and implement a successful business strategy. The Inspired program is designed to help women business owners who are in the startup phase. The Determined is geared to women who have launched, but they simply need to revisit and readjust their plans for the realities of their businesses and their markets. The Empowered program is for those women who desire to position their business to break the $1 million level. Regardless of which program level you choose, you will graduate with specific deliverables that will assist you in advancing your business’s particular objectives and setting you up to apply for funding.
The good news is that you are only in class for one day per month. On the weeks in between, we will meet via telephone and record our meetings. The telephone touch-base meetings allow us to ensure everyone is on track with completing their work, can ask questions, and stay focused on their goals. We have found that committing to an intensive education program generally increases the commitment and success of a new business owner.
Each class is limited to 10 women business owners. The types of businesses will vary. While we do our best to ensure that we don’t overload any class with too many similar businesses, we are committed to serving individual business owner's needs. We will ask that each participant sign a non-disclosure as part of the application process prior to beginning a program.
A Power Circle is a formalized meeting of peers focused on sharing knowledge, ideas, and challenges faced in the development and management of a small business. Power Circle members share in a supportive and respectful manner and are led by a facilitator who manages the flow of the meeting and guides the roundtable members for ultimate learning and idea sharing. Learn more about Power Circles...
Business accelerators are programs dedicated to assisting businesses succeed by educating and mentoring the owners. Accelerators are frequently established to help start-ups and struggling companies form strategies and execute their business plan to its potential.
An incubator and accelerator are very similar but have a few minor differences. An incubator is viewed as a long-term program whereas an accelerator has a shorter incubation period and requires each business to “graduate," sometimes leaving and sometimes just moving to the next level.
There is only one WSBA located in Central Ohio, but there may be other similar resources near you. Check out our resources page for more information. We do welcome business owners from around the state to participate in our roundtables and educational programs.
Think Space Columbus is an outside resource partner of the WSBA; and because they support our mission, they have chosen to offer a discount to all WSBA participants and tenants.
Check out our resources page for more business tools.