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The Lillie Knox Investment Award is a cash prize of up to $20,000, exclusively available to WBCS Women's Business Enterprises, to help further business growth. Current members, in good standing, are welcome to apply annually for consideration.

Applicants are asked to do two things:

  1. Share how certification and WBCS has impacted their business 
  2. Identify a need that, if met, would support the development of their business

The 2022 Lillie Knox Investment Award application period will open in summer 2022.

Because WBEs provide services across a range of industries and are at different stages in their business development, the investment award can be utilized for myriad purposes and the amount requested can be any amount up to $20,000.

The Lillie Knox Investment Award is funded solely by member donations. The number of awards distributed and the amount of each award are determined by the total fund available as well as the merits of requests in each application.

Lillie Knox was a vital part of the history and current success of the Women's Business Council - Southwest (WBCS) and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The Lillie Knox Investment Award was established in 2005 to memorialize Lillie for her support of Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) through her commitment, passion, and determination to increase opportunities for female entrepreneurs. 

Questions? Contact Executive Director of Programs, Lindsay Pittard.

Certificate Eligibility Requirements

  • Recipient(s) must be a current WBCS WBE in good standing 
  • The application must be completed by the owner of the certified business
  • WBEs who have received a Lillie Knox Investment Award in the past are ineligible to submit an application for a period of two years following receipt of the award


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