WBEC South — The Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South) — has announced that it has received a $1 million grant that will benefit women of color in general, and Black women in particular.

In a press release, the regional partner organization of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) announced that the grant — which came from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency — will be used to develop a women’s business center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tiffany Carter, a procurement and small business contracting expert, has been hired as the Director for the Enterprising Women of Color Business Center.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tiffany to our team,” said WBEC South CEO Phala Mire. “She brings a wealth of experience that will power our efforts to connect with minority women entrepreneurs starting or successfully running their business, and introduce them to business development resources including the WBEC South network that provides certification, corporate contracting and business opportunities.”

For more than 25 years, the mission of the WBEC South has been to advance and enhance business opportunities between corporations and women-owned businesses through a reputable certification program, education, and professional growth opportunities. WBEC South facilitates the nationally recognized and most relied upon certification program, WBENC Certification, for the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and the Florida Panhandle.