Business Growth Program

Business Growth Program (Wayne County-based Businesses)

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Next Level Business Growth Program

The Business Growth Program (BGP) is a 10-week program offered by the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council to assist Wayne County-based businesses in leveraging their certification through education and business growth strategies.

Through this program, the small business owner will receive hands-on consulting to address key business challenges and determine strategies for business growth. Individuals will go through an educational process to prepare for viable opportunities. Through engagement, individuals will strengthen their business presentation skills, and engage with corporate members.

Program Structure

  • Highly Engaging Instruction: 10 – weekly sessions consisting of business development and procurement in a small cohort
  • Subject Matter Experts: Dynamic instruction provided by experienced and knowledgeable business and industry practitioners
  • 1:1 Business Assistance: Business Consultant to help you craft your success journey
  • Access to Opportunity: Introduction to Key Decision Makers (special matchmaker meetings)
  • Business Financing: A pathway to apply for business capital following completion of the program


BGP is designed for owners/founders of businesses who meet the following criteria:

  • Have been in operation for at least two years
  • Generate a minimum of $250,000 in annual revenues
  • 2 – 10 employees
  • Possess at least one certification: WBE, MBE, or DBE

Interested candidates must apply to the program and may be subject to an interview.

For inquiries contact 734-677-1400

The Business Growth Program, is a 10-week cohort immersion focused on leveraging their certification for a procurement opportunity. Subject matter experts consisting of certified diverse businesses, corporate members, and the Great Lakes WBC team provided training on topics such as the procurement process, identifying your target customer, building relationships, teaming, finance, and so many others. Each BGP partner received coaching and developed a best-in-class toolkit featuring a capability statement and template for presentations. They concluded their cohort by presenting a 3-minute pitch to a panel of judges and received valuable feedback. Each graduate will continue to receive coaching and schedule a 1:1 meeting with their target buyer. The relationships that were established within this cohort of diverse businesses will prove very beneficial beyond this program.

2023 Cohort 3 Business Growth Program (BGP)

Great Lakes WBC Business Growth Program Cohort 2
BGP Winter Cohort 3
Great Lakes WBC Business Growth Program Cohort 3
For the final session, the candidates pitched to a panel of judges: Courtney Steward of DTE, Lola Arѐ of Strategic Think Tank, and Yada Phillips of Phillips Private Investigations and Consulting Firm (BGP cohort 1 alum). Joyce Dowridge of JLD Cards & Such received the grand prize award.

Congratulations to the Cohort 3 graduates

2023 Cohort 2 Business Growth Program (BGP)

BGP Winter Cohort 2
Tamika Mayes of Reyz; Lola Are of Strategic ThinkTank; Tonia Williams of Universal Special Events; Katie Chambers of Pure Data Services (BGP cohort 1 alum) and Tammi Hart of Tenneco.

Congratulations to the Cohort 2 graduates

2022 Cohort 1 Business Growth Program (BGP)

BGP Fall 2022 Cohort
BGP Fall 2022 Cohort
BGP Fall 2022 Cohort Pitch Winners (From left to right): Lawrence Jackson, BGP;  and Lori Wesby (Pitch Timer);  Judge Tiffany Klingensmith (3) Pitch Winners:  Carol Kirkland AVE Solutions (4) and Kayla Crawford of Knotless Kay (5) Judges Lola Arѐ (6) and Lynn Garrison (7).
BGP Fall 2022 Cohort Pitch Winners (From left to right): Lawrence Jackson, BGP;  and Lori Wesby (Pitch Timer);  Judge Tiffany Klingensmith (3) Pitch Winners:  Carol Kirkland AVE Solutions (4) and Kayla Crawford of Knotless Kay (5) Judges Lola Arѐ (6) and Lynn Garrison (7).

Congratulations to the Cohort 1 graduates