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

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.

(Applications are currently closed. They will open again in summer of 2019.)

Who was Lillie Knox?

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 Director of Programs, Lindsay Pittard or (817) 299-0566, ext 207.

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
  • By submitting an application, you agree to be present at Harvesting Partnerships when recipient(s) are announced


If you are interested in supporting the Lillie Knox Investment Award, you can make a check payable to WBCS and mail to the address below. If donating via credit card, do not fax or mail your credit card information. Instead, contact Flo Cox at (817) 299-0566, Ext 203.

Women's Business Council - Southwest
5605 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 220
Irving, Texas 75038