Connecting Women Businesses to Major Organizations!

Are You a Woman-Owned Small Business Seeking to Connect 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 member based online-supplier community that connects diverse women-owned businesses to major organizations faster.

One of the fastest-growing platforms for diverse women businesses, all industries, all trades, we are a certified woman-owned enterprise who sources, develops & connects diverse WBE talent to top corporate brands seeking to do business.

Our members & corporate partners take full advantage of QCWIB’s benefits & perks all year long by participating, engaging & enjoying fast-track connections, access & development opportunities on demand.

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

See what QCWIB brings to Your Table!

 Long before Queen City Women in Business™ (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. This means we know the resources, relationships and representation it takes to compete for bigger opportunities, and offer this via education, events & access!

ALL NEW Communities of Practice (CoPs) for Members Only!

QCWIB is Launching 6-Communities of Practice (COPs) in 2024 enabling our members to have direct & easy access to corporate opportunities, fast-tracked priority connections to our partners & more competitive industry skills!

A COP, or Community of Practice, is a group of people who share a common interest or passion and come together to learn from one another, share experiences, and collaborate on solving problems or advancing knowledge in that particular area. 

Our COPs provide a platform for members to exchange ideas, best practices & resources related to their shared interest.

Get Your Business Connected Today!

We’re a Certified Woman-Owned  Company leading others 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. Product/Retail COP
  5. Business Professional Services COP
  6. Emerging Technology COP

30-Day Certification Cohorts

Our signature 30-Day Certification Cohort programs are meticulously designed to assist diverse suppliers at scale in preparing, kickstarting, and completing their certification submissions within just 30 days increasing participation rates & streamlining the process.

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 go-to model for taking women small businesses from start-up, to supplier-ready enterprises faster, through offering more simplified educational resources and access opportunities!

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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