Great Lakes Women’s Business Council (Great Lakes WBC) is a nonprofit champion for women and minority businesses. We provide access to capital, certification for women-owned businesses, corporate contracting opportunities, and small business educational support.

Provides Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) national WBE certification to businesses owned, managed, and controlled by women who want to do business with major corporations and government entities. 


Join growing corporations, non-profits, government agencies, public institutions  and small businesses interested in diverse suppliers. Benefits include access to resources, events, networking, and recognition.

Provides business expansion financing, and small business loans to start-up and existing enterprises owned by women and men in nine counties of southeastern Michigan. For small business loans in other locations, visit


Offers strategic programs for entrepreneurs, assisting them in growing their business to the next level by providing training, counseling, group mentoring, and business development opportunities. Visit for the business directory. 


Our Impact at a Glance


Small Businesses Trained


WBEs Certified in Our Region


Corporate Members

$8 MM

Loans Made


WBEs Members Employees

Our Success Stories

Great Lakes WBC helps thousands of people a year certify their business, secure a CEED loan or pursue training. Through the Michigan Women’s Marketplace and in person sessions, we have trained more than 15,000 business owners and entrepreneurs. Learn more about a few of our inspiring members.

Feb 24, 2021
Feb 24, 2021
12:00 pm
-1:30 pm
Can you recognize Life's Simple 7 Risk Factors? February is heart health month. As a business owner, heart health impacts not only you but your business. Special MWM guest, Donulae' T. Knuckles, BSN, RN, and a heart health miracle, will share with you the American Heart Association prescription for health called Life's Simple 7, important predictors of heart health and risk. To assist you in achieving optimum heart-healthy habits, Donulae' shares her 17 Tips to Love Yourself for Life. Her motto, "self-care is not selfish, it's necessary!" Don't skip a beat, practice these important principles for the health of you and your business.
Feb 25, 2021
Feb 25, 2021
3:15 pm
-5:00 pm
Join us and notable Black founders, innovators and entrepreneurs for an opportunity to engage, connect and advance your business.
In this highly interactive, virtual program, WBENC partners with EOS Worldwide (the Entrepreneurial Operating System®) Professional and Certified EOS Implementers® to help WBEs achieve TRACTION in your business through self-implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) described in the book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman.