About the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council

Founded in 1984, Great Lakes Women’s Business Council (Great Lakes WBC), is a nonprofit champion for women, minority and small business owners. We provide access to capital and corporate procurement opportunities, certification for women-owned business enterprises and small business educational support.

Great Lakes WBC represents more than 1,200 WBENC-certified women’s business enterprises generating approximately $11.6 billion in annual revenue and employing 41,500 U.S. workers, as well as 90+ corporate partners in a diverse range of industry sectors. We have provided $5.5 million in loans to small business owners which created 1,800 jobs. Through the Michigan Women’s Marketplace, we have trained more than 15,000 business owners and entrepreneurs. Great Lakes Women’s Business Council was formerly known as Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED). It’s women’s certification program was known as Women’s Business Enterprise Council – Great Lakes.

Vision Statement

Be the leader in accelerating women and minority business growth and sustainability.

Mission Statement

We are dedicated to operating with integrity while economically strengthening women, minorities, and the business community through collaboration, education, and equitable opportunities.

Our Members

We represent woman-owned business enterprises ranging from owner-operated to those that employ hundreds. In addition, our membership is comprised of a variety of entrepreneurs and corporate partners.

Our Initiatives

  • National WBENC certification – Regional partner organization for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, we represent more than 1,000 woman-owned businesses
  • CEED Lending – Access to capital for small businesses throughout southeastern Michigan.
  • Business Counseling – As a women’s business center with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, we offer one-on-one business counseling.
  • Education – Our CEED Detroit Business, WBE Forums and Michigan Women’s Marketplace (www.miwomen.com) provide business development training and webinars.