Mission, History and Annual Report
The Women’s Enterprise Development Center empowers entrepreneurs to build successful businesses by providing high quality training programs, advisory services, and access to capital to generate economic growth in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley.
The Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. (WEDC), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) micro-enterprise development program, was formed in 1997 to help women achieve economic self-sufficiency through small business development. It was launched as a collaborative effort of:
- The Westchester County Association
- Westchester Community College
- New York State Division for Women (Lower Hudson Valley Advisory Council)
- Westchester Association of Women Business Owners
WEDC was initially formed as a pilot program called Women’s Enterprise Project (WEP). WEP focused on women who lacked access to traditional business and financial resources, including women transitioning off public assistance, displaced homemakers, and Spanish speaking entrepreneurs. In 2002 WEP became the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. (WEDC). In 2003 we became the designated United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Women’s Business Center for Westchester County and the Lower Hudson Valley, New York, and extended our efforts to help all women entrepreneurs at all stages of business development. In 2008, WEDC became a New York Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) Center.
WEDC also serves specialized populations including mature adults 50+, child care providers, survivors of domestic violence, veterans, and dislocated workers.
In 2009 WEDC began offering programs and counseling in Spanish. All WEDC programs and services are available to men.
Capital One Bank
Citizens Bank Foundation
City of New Rochelle
City of Yonkers
First Niagra Foundation
Hudson Valley Bank
JP Morgan Chase Foundation
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
NY Empire State Development Corporation
Orange County IDA
People’s United Bank
PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP
State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins
State Farm Insurance
Sterling National Bank
The Westchester Bank
US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Westchester County Government
Women’s Research & Education Fund (WREF)
Click on the links below for the document:
List of WEDC Accomplishments 1997-2014
WEDC 2015 Annual Report