Small business is critical to our economic strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in the global marketplace. The federal government helps people start, build and grow businesses. 

  • Small Business Adminstration: The SBA provides a wide range of customer-focused programs that include financing, free business education, training and counseling, business plan development services, federal government contracting and more. The SBA Express program provides financing of up to $2 million with a simplified bank application and a turn-around time of 36 hours. Check out procurement information for those seeking federal government contracts.

Martha Soffer, Bus. Development Specialist
26 Federal Plaza – Suite 3108
New York, N.Y. 10278
Tel: (212) 264-2734
E-mail: martha.soffer@sba.gov

  • FedBizOpps is the single government point-of-entry for federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Commercial vendors seeking federal markets for their products and services can search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire federal contracting community.

  • Minority Business Development Agency: This agency is dedicated to empowering minority business enterprises for the purpose of wealth creation. MBDA develops programs in the areas of finance, marketing, education and technology. MBDA provides the technical assistance to give minority businesses the tools to become suppliers to the federal government.

  • FAA dbE-Connect: The FAA DBE/ACDBE Directory is a nationwide list of certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE). It is operated in partnership with AMAC and B2Gnow. Firms found through this search engine are actively certified by a government organization.

Our Incentives

Westchester County’s various incentives help support startups, assist not-for-profits, and promote economic development through creating, attracting and retaining jobs, and more.

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Industrial Development Agency

Sales tax exemptions on new construction, expansion or renovation projects, or the acquisition of new equipment, and more help companies grow and prosper.

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Local Development Corporation

Since its inception in 2012, we’ve assisted not-for-profit organizations in securing tax-exempt bond financing benefits totaling over $400 million—at no cost or risk to the taxpayers of Westchester County.

Our Programs

Westchester County offers programs and services to assist and incentivize businesses.

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Element 46 Incubator

The new Element 46 Incubator program kicked off in 2019 to inspire and support entrepreneurial talent and the development of new businesses in the County. Nearly a hundred business leaders will serve as mentors to startups, offering their expertise, time, and support.

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Minority and Women-Owned Business Program

Westchester works to encourage, promote and increase participation of business enterprises owned and controlled by persons of color or women.

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Opportunity Zones

This new community investment tool established by Congress in 2017 encourages long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide.

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Service-Disabled Veteran - Owned Business Program

Westchester encourages and supports eligible SDVOBs to play a greater role in the state's economy by increasing their participation in New York State's contracting opportunities.

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Disadvantaged Business Program

This federally regulated program provides a vehicle for increasing the participation by small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

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