How do I qualify as a women-owned business?

The Women's Business Enterprise Council - Great Lakes (WBEC-GL) serves as a partner with the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) to assist women business owners with opportunities for women's business certification and access to private and government markets.

For information on becoming a certified woman owned business, contact the The Michigan Women's Marketplace, or see the Small Business Administration Women's Business Centers in Michigan information sheet (PDF).

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1. How do I know if my business will qualify as a minority-owned business (MBE)? How would I get a minority certification?
2. How do I qualify as a women-owned business?
3. How do I register my business name, or form an LLC? Do I need a Michigan License or permit to open a business?
4. If I start my business in my home, what will I need?
5. What is a DBA? Where can I get one? How much does it cost?
6. What is an Employer Identification Number and a Tax Identification Number? How do I get one for my business?
7. Where do I get zoning information?
8. Where do I register for business taxes?
9. Where is my local Chamber of Commerce?