About the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council
Founded in 1984, Great Lakes Women’s Business Council (Great Lakes WBC), is a nonprofit champion for women, minority and small business owners. We provide access to capital and corporate procurement opportunities, certification for women-owned business enterprises and small business educational support.
Great Lakes WBC represents more than 1,000 WBENC-certified women’s business enterprises generating approximately $11.6 billion in annual revenue and employing 41,500 U.S. workers, as well as 90+ corporate partners in a diverse range of industry sectors. We have provided $5.5 million in loans to small business owners which created 1,800 jobs. Through the Michigan Women’s Marketplace, we have trained more than 15,000 business owners and entrepreneurs. Great Lakes Women’s Business Council was formerly known as Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED). It’s women’s certification program was known as Women’s Business Enterprise Council – Great Lakes.
Mission StatementThe Great Lakes Women’s Business Council is committed to empowering women and minorities economically through business development training, supplier certification, business-to-business networking and accessible capital assistance programs. We provide effective business tools and remove barriers that hinder development of successful and sustainable businesses. Our work strengthens the community by building partnerships and leveraging resources that increase business growth opportunities.
Our MembersWe represent woman-owned business enterprises ranging from owner-operated to those that employ hundreds. In addition, our membership is comprised of a variety of entrepreneurs and corporate partners.
- National WBENC certification – Regional partner organization for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, we represent more than 1,000 woman-owned businesses
- CEED Lending – Access to capital for small businesses throughout southeastern Michigan.
- Business Counseling – As a women’s business center with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, we offer one-on-one business counseling.
- Education – Our CEED Detroit Business, WBE Forums and Michigan Women’s Marketplace (www.miwomen.com) provide business development training and webinars.