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CEED Lending

CEED Lending is an initiative of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council. We provide small business loans to start-up and existing enterprises owned by men and women.

We have made more than $5.5 Million in loans which created more than 1,800 jobs. As one of the first microlenders in the U.S., we understand that small business owners typically need more than financing. That’s why all of our loans come with free technical assistance – a business growth manager who works with you to grow and sustain your business.

Our strategic partners agree that financing is a critical need for small business owners. Loans are available in nine counties within Southeast Michigan. Click on one of the geographic areas below to learn more about that program.

Oakland County   Washtenaw County  Livingston County  City of Pontiac     APACC Pitch'n Pontiac Home

Testimonials

"I believe in what the GLWBC stands for. I have worked with small business for over 20 years and enjoy helping the community by empowering these small businesses that drive our economy."

Jackie Woodstock
SBA Sales Specialist
Michigan & Ohio, Citizens Bank

"I love working with and volunteering for the Great Lakes WBC, because I value and admire what the organization does for Women Business Enterprises. Great Lakes WBC passion to see both their constituents and Corporate members succeed is praiseworthy. I appreciate the opportunity that Great Lakes WBC has given me to connect and partner with such amazing women."

Tammi Hart
Purchasing Manager
Federal Mogul Corporation

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