Press Release: September 28, 2027
Delora Hall Tyler
First Media Group
DETROIT – The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council (Great Lakes WBC) has honored several of the most influential businesses and corporations in southeast Michigan at their Supplier Diversity & Awards Program Luncheon, at Novi’s Suburban Collection Showplace. The luncheon is part of the 2023 Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference which has brought together more than 1,000 certified women-owned businesses from around the country to “Scale up for Success!”
Corporate members of Great Lakes WBC are eligible to apply for the awards. They complete a questionnaire, detailing their adherence to the factors that Great Lakes WBC uses to measure commitment to diversity. These factors include the company’s percentage of spending with certified women business owners; whether the company has a supplier diversity program, policy and commitment; and whether the company requires its suppliers to also spend a certain percentage with women-owned businesses. High scoring companies that win the top “Best in Class” award also support women’s advocacy organizations by participating on boards and committees, and by supporting them financially.
Excellence in Supplier Diversity Award Categories announced today include:
Best in Class – Corporations that have excelled in all major categories surveyed, including women’s business enterprise spend and capacity building, and advocacy for women-owned businesses.
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Ford Motor Company
Advanced – Corporations with a documented and strong commitment to women’s business enterprise advocacy, capacity building and contracting. Advanced category award winners are leaders among their peers.
Auto Club Group (AAA)
Emerging – Corporations that have demonstrated an increasing commitment to advancing capacity building and contracting opportunities for certified women business owners.
Flex N Gate