WEDC’s Financial Resources

The WEDC Scholarship Program

WEDC offers a limited number of scholarships to qualified graduates in subjects related to their industries. The number and amount of these scholarships are limited (generally between $200-$400 each). This program is made possible by a grant from EILEEN FISHER. Download an application.

Access to capital information

WEDC serves as a counselor and conduit to financial institutions, community loan fund programs and individual development account programs (IDAs).

Westchester County Resources

Westchester County Office of Economic Development

The Westchester County Association Inc.

Business Council of Westchester

Westchester Library System in conjunction with Westchester Government, Office of the County Executive

New York State Resources

NY Empire State Development Corporation

New York State Small Business Development Center

National Resources

US Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA Office of Women’s Business Ownership

Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Web site for small businesses and the self-employed

National Association for the Self-Employed

Women Impacting Public Policy – a national bipartisan public policy organization

General Business

IBM SME Toolkit (general business information for entrepreneurs)

The Entrepreneur’s Help Page

MoneyWi$e, (partnership of Consumer Action and Capital One) – basic business information

Business Loans


Count-Me-In – Online Loan Program

NY Business Development Corporation (NYBDC)

Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Resources

Westchester/Rockland Revolving Loan Fund

Accounting and Legal Information

IRS – (Tax information for businesses- including starting, operating and closing a business, employer id numbers)

IRS Tax Center

SBA Small Business Planner:  Handle Legal Concerns

New York State Division of Corporations (for information about legal business entities) –

Pro Bono Partnership – provides nonprofit organizations with free, expert business legal advice

To protect intellectual property

Patent and Trademark Office – Basic facts about trademarks

Patent and Trademark Office – Basic facts about patents

Copyright Office – Copyright office basics

Minority and/or Woman Owned Business
(M/WBO or M/WBE) Certification and Procurement

Westchester County Office of Economic Development

New York State/New York Empire State Development Corporation

New York State Contract Reporter – an on-line publication that provides access to the most current bid opportunities from State agencies, public authorities and public benefit corporations

New York State Office of General Services (OGS) – awards State Contracts

Directory of Frequently Purchased Commodities and Services by NYS Agencies

New York State Unified Certification Program (NYUSCP) – combined business directories of the NY Dept. of Transportation, MTA, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, and Port Authority of NY/NJ

Dormitory Authority State of New York

NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.

NYC Business Solutions

National Resources

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers

Federal Government Central Contractor Registration

Other M/WBE and Procurement Resources

New York City

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) – certification for private corporations

WomenBiz.Gov – Gateway for Women-Owned Businesses Selling to the Federal Government

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (housed in Rockland County)

Hudson Valley Municipal Purchasing Group

SBA Resource Partners

SCORE (guidance from Senior Corp of Retired Executives) – on-line mentoring

New York State Small Business Development Center

“1.9 million firms are majority-owned (51% or more) by women of color in the U.S. “

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