• WBE Forums


    Activate new business connections at our quarterly WBE Forums featuring corporate members.
  • Toolkit Training


    Live webinar training on how to best utilize your WBE certification.
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WBE Services

The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council represents more than 1,000 certified women business owners in Michigan and Indiana. Along with women’s business certification, Great Lakes WBC offers events and services to leverage business growth.

WBE Forums

WBE Forums offer women business enterprises with opportunities to build relationships and increase capacity. Each quarterly session is held at various locations within Michigan and Indiana. WBE Forums include a corporate presentation by one of our corporate members and an opportunity to network with other WBEs.

New WBE Orientation

A one-on-one orientation is offered to all new WBEs. This is an opportunity to get introduced to the WBE Services Co-ordinator and the events and resources available to WBEs. Use this opportunity to get your questions answered.



WBE Forums

WBE Forums offer women business enterprises with opportunities to build relationships and increase capacity. Each quarterly session is held at various locations within Michigan and Indiana. WBE Forums include a corporate presentation by one of our corporate members.

The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council is committed to helping WBEs leverage their certification & growing the WBENC community. WBE Forums provide opportunities to connect in smaller groups to build relationships, learn best practices from Corporate Members as well as provide WBE Toolkit Training for newly certified.

WBE Forums provided in 4 regions:

Southeast Michigan

West Michigan

Northern Indiana

Central Indiana

Here are the upcoming WBE Forums.

Southeast Michigan WBE Forum

Discover Resources in Your Backyard to Help : Scale Up Your Business
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
11:30 am – 4 pm EST
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch
1600 E. Warren Ave, Detroit MI 48207

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WBE Webinars

WBE Toolkit Webinars offer training to get the most out of your WBE certification. Certification is only the first step in positioning your business for growth opportunities. This webinar is a must to ensure you are allowing your certification status to work to its full potential.

This 1-hour training session will take you through:
The history and evolution of women's business enterprise certification
Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the supplier diversity professionals
Step-by-step directions for creating your Certification Marketing Plan

There is no cost to attend. Register Now

Maximizing your certification Webinars
Getting certified is step one.

In a one-hour webinar, learn how to maximize the impact of your certification.
  • Learn how to create a strategy to obtain and cultivate corporate relationships.
  • Learn best practices from an experienced certified woman business enterprise.
  • Learn the corporate view and value of certification from a Supplier Diversity Leader.
The cost is free, the value is priceless! In addition to these webinars, check out the Michigan Women’s Marketplace for more business development training opportunities at www.miwomen.com

New WBE Orientation

Great Lakes Women's Business Conference

Our annual Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference addresses the needs of both aspiring and established business owners while delivering strategies for succeeding in a highly competitive market. The conference is attended by 1000+ women business enterprises (WBE’s), corporate procurement and supplier diversity professionals, government representatives and partner organizations.

Marketing opportunities for 125+ women business entrepreneurs are available in the Women’s Business Showcase. More than 50 corporate members participate in the Meet the Buyers portion of the conference.

Conference Benefits

  • Opportunities to meet and develop relationships with supplier diversity and purchasing representatives from corporations, public institutions and government entities.
  • Build relationships with women business owners and conference attendees.
  • Attend valuable workshops that will assist in strengthening and growing your business.
  • Experience the impressive network of corporations and organizations that partner with the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.
  • Create relationships with potential customers.

Who Should Attend?

  • Women business owners
  • Supplier diversity and purchasing representatives of corporations, public institutions and government entities.
  • Supporters and partners of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council
  • Women who are interested in starting or growing their business


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