The University Community Business Association (UCBA) is dedicated to promoting the interests of all businesses in the University District and improving the vitality of the District. Becoming a member lets you take advantage of our excellent working relationships with neighborhood community groups, the City of Columbus, and Ohio State University. The UCBA membership is based upon three core values: SAVINGS, NETWORKING, ADVOCACY.


With your UCBA membership, you will have access to programs that could save you money on workers' compensation, merchant payment processing, office supplies, utilities, and payroll - all things you need to keep your business running smoothly. UCBA's low rates makes sure you can take full advantage of the savings your membership will provide.


Your UCBA membership allows you to get connected with neighboring businesses and potentially open up new lines of business. Our quarterly luncheon and after-hours events will help you get in touch with the latest University District news and network with other businesses.


The UCBA strives to continually improve the business environment of the University District. Our Board of Directors and Executive Director continually monitor policies and decisions from both OSU and the City of Columbus which could affect your business. Our work ensures that city services are being delivered, secures grant funding for projects, and promotes the University District as a premier Columbus neighborhood to do business.

Membership Options: Get Involved!

The UCBA welcomes all businesses, property owners, institutions, and non-profits to join UCBA in their mission to create a strong business environment for the University District and improve our neighborhoods. There are two membership options available.

Cum Laude ($100)

NETWORKING: Enjoy discounted entrance to our quarterly luncheons | Attend our popular Annual Meeting & Winter Celebration in December | Be added to our Business Directory | Keep up-to-date on UCBA news and University District happenings |  Hold a business grand opening | Utilize our large meeting room for staff retreats and conferences

SAVINGS: Take advantage of specialty pricing on a number of business services and products | Workers' Compensation Premium with CompManagement | Merchant Payment Processing with Infintech | Office Supplies through Staples Advantage | Payroll Processing & Administration by Paychex | Gas & Electric with Volunteer Energy | Print advertising discount with Outlook Media Group | Online advertising with | Complimentary one-year membership with the Small Business Beanstalk

ADVOCACY: UCBA will monitor issues affecting businesses | Ensure delivery of city services | Provide representation and assist with municpal and university meetings | Manage the High Street Cleaning Initiative to remove litter, handbills, and weeds along High Street | Enact other special projects which promote and improve the University District.

Summa Cum Laude ($500)

In addition to all Cum Laude benefits, Summa Cum Laude members can take advantage of the following:

NETWORKING: Inclusion of one Lunch & Learn each year | Business ad on front page of | Business spotlight in newsletter or info blast | Request social media shares or retweets for your business events/promotions | Special recognition at every UCBA event

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