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.

Apr 21, 2021
Apr 21, 2021
12:00 pm
-1:00 pm
Are You Eligible for The New RRF Grant? The restaurant industry was one of the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Rescue Plan (ARPA) goal is to provide direct support for restaurants, bars and related businesses with a new grant program called the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). Expert Felicia Harris will provide valuable information on eligibility, how to apply, use of funds, compliance and details of the provision for Shuttered Venue Operators. Uncertain? Attend this virtual workshop
Overview: • PPP Extended Until May 31, 2021 • #MIWomen: Find Your Differentiator • MEDC Toolbox Training Webinar Series • City of Design Challenge - Applications Open