Ohio's only U.S. SBA-funded Women's Business Center opens this weekend in Columbus. The Economic Community and Development Institute (ECDI), which administers statewide small business development services and centers including the WBC of Ohio, will host a Women's Day event to commemorate the launch.

The WBC of Ohio is a grant-funded resource for female entrepreneur and small business owners. "The Women's Business Center is going to be a wonderful resource for Ohio," said Patty Tumen, vice president of the WBC, via email. For a $25 membership fee, WBC of Ohio members will be able to use the center's technology services, business classes and counseling, B2B online networking and notary services. It will be headquartered in the ECDI,1655 Old Leonard Ave.

The Womens' Day event will feature a number of female business leaders and organizations. The speakers' itinerary:

11:15am: Jacquelin Holland, program manager at James Cancer Hospital, on "Health and Balance in Our Lives" 1:00pm : TaKeysha S. Cheney, founder, CEO and publisher at the Women's Book, on "The Importance of Making Connections" 2:45pm : Elizabeth Lessner, CEO and president of Columbus Food League, on "The Dream, the Vision, the Budget"