The University Community Business Association (UCBA) was founded in December 1984 to address the economic development and sustainability concerns facing businesses in the University District. Through organization and communication, the UCBA strives to be a collective advocate for business needs and an intermediary between the City of Columbus, Ohio State, and other entities.

The UCBA was also established to facilitate peer-to-peer business connections, market the attributes of doing business within the University District, and provide a source of education for business owners through regular business forums. The UCBA is led by the University District Business Council which makes recommendations to the shared UDO/UCBA Board of Directors on its projects and programs.