WEDC MWBE Small Business Grant Program and COVID-19 Impact Accelerator







County Executive George Latimer has established the Westchester County Reopening Task Force co-chaired by Legislator Catherine Parker and restauranteur Louie Lanza whose deep expertise and broad connections will enable the task force to maximize its impact.

This task force will provide guidance to the County as we work through the 4 phases of reopening.  It will provide guidance so we make the right decisions along the way.  This task force will play a significant role in communicating out to the business and nonprofit communities, their colleagues and the organizations that they lead. 

The work of the Task Force is augmented by volunteers in working groups that will focus on each critical area such as health care, labor, hospitality, general business, etc.  There will be opportunities for others to contribute to the work of this task force through these working groups.

The Task Force is meeting for the most part weekly.  Below is the information for the next upcoming meeting.

Join us for our July 9, 2020 meeting at 11:45am.


1. Go to

2. Enter the event password: This event requires registration. After your registration has been approved, you will receive instructions for joining the event.

3. Click "Join Now".

4. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen to join the teleconference.




One-On-One Mentoring Advisory Services for Small Business Owners Affected by COVID-19

Westchester County Office of Economic Development has launched a one-on-one mentoring advisory service for small business owners who are struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The County is recruiting a team of seasoned professionals who will serve as volunteer mentors to provide free business advice to small businesses affected by the pandemic. The County will match the small business with a volunteer mentor whose skill set matches the small business owner’s needs.

To apply to be a mentor or to be matched with a mentor, click on this link:



Click here for is a list of Westchester-based businesses that provide PPE and other products and services to assist with reopening.



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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