Starting a business can be overwhelming. If you own a minority- or women-owned business, the Minorities and Women Business Enterprise program coordinates a variety of workshops and training to offer guidance on such topics as writing proposals and how to get state certified.

Also, plenty of resources at the local, state and federal levels are available to help you launch a successful business.

Rockland Community College
Brucker Hall #6101
145 College Road
Suffern, N.Y. 10901-3699
Contact: Thomas Morley, Director
Tel: (845) 356-6065

  • Launch1000
    The Launch1000 program is designed to help residents evaluate an idea for a new venture, test it with potential customers, and see if it seems likely to succeed.
  • Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
    SCORE is a national network of volunteer business executives who provide start-up and small business expertise. SCORE volunteers serve as "Counselors to Americas Small Business."

120 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, N.Y. 10605
Tel: (914) 948-3907

Route  9A
Valhalla, N.Y. 10595-1698
Contact: Ann Rubenzahl
Tel: (914) 606-6618

901 North Broadway, Suite 23
White Plains, N.Y. 10603
Contact: Anne Janiak, Director
Tel: (914) 948-6098 ext. 12

  • Community Capital New York
    Community Capital serves as an economic catalyst working to strengthen the prosperity of our communities and the lives of the people who live in them. By leveraging education, human and civic resources and through flexible, innovative and responsible financing, we enable traditionally underserved people to become stake holders in a more inclusive economy.

7 West Cross Street
Hawthorne, N.Y. 10532
Tel: (914) 747-8020

  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
    The SBA provides information about various programs that can help position businesses for contractual opportunities within federal government.

26 Federal Plaza, Suite 3100
New York, N.Y. 10278
Contact: Larry Pontillo
Tel: (212) 264-9494

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.


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.


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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