Connecting Women Businesses to Major Organizations!

Are You a Woman-Owned Small Business Seeking to Contract with Major Organizations Faster?

Are you in search of a community of driven women entrepreneurs that learn, grow and win together? If you said yes, then you’re in the right place! Get connected to a nationwide network of corporate partners & peers looking to do business with you!

Queen City Women in Business™ (QCWIB), is a membership-based supplier-sourcing & development platform for women-owned small businesses, and one of the fastest growing communities connecting women to major organizations beyond certification.

Our goal is to reduce the barrier to access for women-owned-enterprises interested in doing business with major organizations, and we work with and support local city, state & federal MWBE programs to achieve this goal. 

All Industries. All Trades. One Community!

As a member, you’ll get connected to our corporate partners, supplier benefits, and exclusive perks all year long!

 Become a Member Today & get the Confidence, Certifications & Connections you need to compete at higher levels!

See What QCWIB Brings To Your Table!

Created for Women-Owned Business Suppliers, by Women-Owned Business Suppliers, we’re a Certified Woman-Owned Enterprise who proudly sources, develops & connects women in business to top brands!

Long before QCWIB was a business, it was a mission, with a proven 15-year track record for bringing Corp Partners & Members more success in less time. Therefore we understand first hand, the resources, relationships and representation it takes to compete for bigger opportunities! Today we offer our resources via education, events & access!

QCWIB offers its members a bevy of result-oriented benefits they can use right away! See just a few below!

  1. Weekly Virtual Learning Programs & Special Series to support your path as a supplier!
  2. Bi-Monthly Business Matchmaking gets you direct access to Corporate Partners!
  3. Marketplace Mondays lets you share your business, promote upcoming events & connect with other members each week!
  4. Communities of Practice (CoP) lets you surround yourself w/ other industry experts & be seen as a leader in your field!
  5. Member-Led Monthly Talks lets you stay on top of trending topics!
  6. Digital Learning Library via YouTube offers everything you need to compete as a supplier!
  7. Private VIP Groups promises additional access for exclusive member levels!

Become a Member Today & Get Connected to MORE Opportunities!

We’re a Certified Woman-Owned Company Connecting Women-Businesses to Opportunities!

Created for WBE Suppliers by WBE Suppliers, our difference is providing direct and immediate opportunities 50% faster.

While many organizations focus solely on helping women-owned businesses get certified, our mission is to directly connect these businesses to contract opportunities faster through access to resources, relationships, and representation.

See Our 3-Core Competencies & How They Work For You!

6-Communities of Practice (CoPs)

We offer 6-Specialized Communities of Practice (CoPs) to foster domain expertise & industry-specific networking, knowledge sharing, and growth opportunities among our members & partners:

  1. Construction/Development COP
  2. Healthcare/Medical COP
  3. Hospitality/Food & Beverage COP
  4. Products/Retail COP
  5. Business Professional Services COP
  6. Emerging Technology COP

30-Day Certification Cohorts

Our signature 30-Day Certification Cohorts are designed to fast track the certification application submission process for diverse suppliers as a cohort at scale, making them eligible to be counted towards diverse spend goals and available for utilization. Each cohort includes 2 cohort coaches and 30 days of hands on guidance and monitored support leading to higher application completion rates.

Bi-Monthly Business Matchmaking

Our members & Corp Partners are invited to participate in our Bi-Monthly Buyer to Supplier Matchmaking experiences, held every other month where they get to meet & build meaningful relationships. These in-person events provide a unique opportunity for our diverse women-owned businesses to connect to more opportunities faster.

QCWIB Gives Back: Wells Fargo Grant helps 50-WBEs become Supplier Ready Enterprises 

Through Queen City Women in Business’s QCWIB CARES initiative, an acronym for (Community, Advocacy, Role-Modeling & Education for Suppliers), we are able to launch a ground-breaking initiative aimed at supporting aspiring women-owned businesses in North Carolina (NC) and South Carolina (SC) to become Supplier Ready Enterprises. Now Closed Until Fall

Let’s Partner! Are You An Organization Seeking To Collaborate On Supplier Diversity Goals?

See Below Some of Our Satisfied Partners & Collaborators

Great Partners Make Happy Members! See What Our Members Are Saying…

“Queen City Women in Business has helped me to network with other amazing women in business and learn about what they bring to the table. I have connected with a few businesses for potential photoshoots this year and I’m excited to have been given the opportunity to capture photos at QC Women in Business.”
Jeris Johnson, JerisJayy+Co. Photography
"I attended the Business Speed Matchmaking by Queen City Women in Business where small businesses like myself were able to meet with major corporations looking to do business with us! I’m so grateful for all the resources Queen City Women in Business is offering for women owned small businesses in the region. Yes Darling Tea is on the brink of experiencing significant business growth and we are READY!!!"
Kareema Riddick
CEO of Yes Darling Tea
"I have already learned so much from the two events I've attended and appreciate all the work you and your team are putting into building this community. It feels special to be a part of!"
Julia Farrell
Wryker Construction Supply

We Practice What We Teach!  See Our Commitment to Environmental, Social & Governance 

ESG Goals Defined: 2024-2026

  1. Environmental – To reduce QCWIB’s paper waste by 80% by May 2026. 
  2. Social– To provide Social-Giving through our Nonprofit and Philanthropic pillars.
  3. Governance Criteria– QCWIB to introduce a Supplier Score Card across 4-key categories as a scoring mechanism to ensure fair & equitable supplier governance. ***Request here complete plan & report. 

A Word From Our Founder: Dawn Nicole McIlwain

“While Queen City Women in Business™ no longer offers a FREE membership option, we’ll give you far more value than you invest & offer opportunities that’ll 10x your ROI when you lean-in and leverage all that we provide!” -Dawn Nicole

Why We Exist:

Today the world of small business contracting is far too complex for women business owners. From knowing which certifications are needed when, to understanding where to go to apply, to having the access it takes to get in the room beyond certification, the entire process needs an overhaul. With Woman Owned Businesses being the fastest growing in the US, we thought it was time for a change.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to connect women-owned-small-businesses to major organizations faster by accelerating supplier-readiness RESOURCES, access to key-RELATIONSHIPS & amplifying REPRESENTATION  beyond certification.

Our Vision:

Our vision is to be a leading go-to model for transitioning women from “small business entities to supplier-ready enterprises” faster through offering more access to educational resources, corporate relationships and continuous representation. 

See Our Testimonials

"Queen City Women in Business has helped me to network with other amazing women in business and learn about what they bring to the table. I have connected with a few businesses for potential photoshoots this year and I’m excited to have been given the opportunity to capture photos at QC Women in Business."
Jeris Johnson
CEO of JerisJayy+Co. Photography
"Queen City women in business has helped me to connect with a group of remarkable professional women who are also successful business owners. Look no further than QCWIB, with their assistance, I have been able to build a fast and efficient network consisting of extraordinary individuals. These women possess not only the skills and experience to excel in their respective fields, but also a strong sense of camaraderie and support."
Murriel Shaw
CEO of Salon Royal Wellness
"I’m thrilled that we secured a booth at this year’s Queen City Women in Business Hat & Tea Luncheon. As a top-tier national non-profit, the American Cancer Society is known globally, BUT what we DO locally may not be top of mind. Sharing HOW our events bring people together, WHERE our programs impact the Greater Charlotte community, and WHO benefits from transportation and lodging grants was a key component in our experience and engagement with the attendees. Queen City Women in Business has helped us to engage with various industry leaders who make a difference in the business community AND philanthropic community. Having one on one conversations led to great conversations on auction donations, volunteer leadership positions and various invitations to our events to support our mission!"
Joyce Caron-Mercier
American Cancer Society

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