The Women’s Business Center (WBC) is hosted by the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council in Livonia, Michigan. Since 1994, the center has served as a U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women’s Business Center. We have built a reputation as being the experts in the community when it comes to business growth and sustainability programming for women.
WBC offers a strategic set of programs for women, assisting them in growing their business to the next level. Offering programs under the categories of financing, business development, management, strategy, leadership, networking, and market opportunities. Women’s Business Center’s core services include counseling (individual and group), group mentoring, and training (live and web-based) through its customized workshops, execWE® event, and the Michigan Women’s Marketplace.
Women's Business Named Center of Excellence
The SBA honored Shawntay Dixon and the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council as the Women’s Business Center of Excellence at the 16th Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards Gala on July 28, 2020. “It is an honor to receive this award from the Michigan District. This fruitful partnership has allowed us to see hundreds of women-owned businesses flourish because of the innovative programming we provide. We look forward to continuing to meet the needs of our women, especially in these uncertain times.” Shawntay Dixon, Program Manager, Women’s Business Center.
Online Training and Resource Center
The Michigan Women’s Marketplace (MWM) is the portal of the women’s business center. The MWM Online Training and Resource Center provides webinars (live and on-demand), links to business resources, the Michigan Women-Owned Business Directory, a calendar of events, and WElead profiles of women making an impact. MWM has relationships with over 75 business resource partners that specialize in supporting women business owners.
The services of Michigan Women’s Marketplace are provided free of charge.
execWE provides existing women business owners with executive business and leadership training for second-stage growth. The event’s mission is to empower women executives and business leaders to step away from working in the business to working on the business.
MentorWE, a group mentoring initiative, which pairs women business owners in an industry/sector-specific cohort guided by an established woman business owner(s) in the same field. A corporate member sponsor is also involved in preparing the woman for successful procurement opportunities in the field.
COVID-19 Recovery Program
Great Lakes WBC is committed to supporting small businesses that are impacted by COVID-19. We are pleased to offer the COVID-19 Recovery Program through our Women’s Business Center. These services are being offered remotely. All you need is your device and access to the Internet.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Resource Partner
Great Lakes Women’s Business Center (WBC) is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the Great Lakes WBC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made when requested.