Here are some key New York State resources for minority- and women-owned businesses:

  • New York State Liaison for Minority- and Women-Owned Business
    Contact:  Scott Munson
    Tel: (212) 803-3246

  • Empire State Development
    New York State’s Division of Minority- and Women-owned Business Development
    MWBD helps minority- and women-owned businesses access all the services offered by New York State. Services include access to capital, bidding certification, procurement assistance and an informational newsletter.

Empire State Development Regional Office - Mid-Hudson Region
33 Airport Center Drive, Suite 201
New Windsor, N.Y. 12553
Tel: (845) 567-4882
E-mail: nys-midhudson@empire.state.ny.us

  • New York State Small Business Development Center
    Through a network of 23 regional centers, the New York State Small Business Development Center delivers high quality business counseling and training to New Yorkers who want to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business. NYSSBDC counselors can help with services such as business plan development, accounting, financial planning and training programs.

Thomas Morley, Director
Westchester SBDC
Rockland Community College
Brucker Hall #6101
145 College Road
Suffern, NY 10901-3699
Tel: (845) 356-6065
E-mail: tmorley@sunyrockland.edu

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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