Training & Support

WEDC offers a wide array of programs and services for entrepreneurs at all stages of business development. Find out which of our offerings is best for you! 

Path to Entrepreneurship
Learn what is involved in small business ownership by joining us at our Path to Entrepreneurship Seminar. 

Next seminar:  Wednesday, October 22, 2014



First Steps Program
If you want to find out if small business
ownership is right for you and want to make sure your personal financial situation provides a sufficient foundation, then begin your training with this two-part series. 

What’s covered: This program includes an entrepreneurial self-assessment, a look at your business concept, discussion of target market, competition and funding requirements, & financial readiness skills for successful entrepreneurs.

Our next First Steps Programs will be offered fall 2014 at the Mount Vernon Public Library.  For more information and to register please contact

For information about WEDC's First Steps Program at our Mid-Hudson Satellite (WEDC-MHV) please contact

60+ Hour Entrepreneurial Training Program offered in English and in Spanish
If you have an idea for a business, some experience in the field, and basic computer skills, then this course is right for you.  Contact us for additional information and to register for our fall 2014 program. Apply on-line or  Download the application here.

What's covered: This 60+ hour course teaches you how to write a business plan.  Instruction includes success planning, market planning, cash flow, operations, legal issues, marketing and social media. Participants prepare detailed and professional business plans and present them to an executive panel that includes representatives from the business and banking sectors. The next cycle will begin in fall 2014 in Yonkers (generally meets on Monday nights) and White Plains (generally meets on Wednesday nights).

For information about WEDC's 60 Hour Business Training Program at our Mid-Hudson Satellite (WEDC-MHV) please contact

Peer Exchange Program (PEP)- for recent graduates of our 60 Hour Program
After graduation, continue to move your business forward by signing up for our PEP program. Join us for facilitated peer support, twice a month for four mont
hs. Begins September 16, 2014.  Click here for additional information.

What's covered: This post-graduate program focuses on setting goals and objectives, developing realistic action plans, addressing obstacles, tracking progress and celebrating successes.

For information about WEDC's Peer Exchange Program at our Mid-Hudson Satellite (WEDC-MHV) please contact


Business Opportunities and Success Strategies (BOSS Program) - for business owners who have been in operation for more than one year
Develop structured and specific ways to strengthen and grow your business and plan for short term and long term goals.  Next session begins in October 2014.

What's covered: This program focuses on business strategies and methods to take your business from the formative stage and position it for growth and sustainability. Click here for additional information Complete an Application!

For information about our long-term training refund policy (ETP, BOSS, PEP), please click here.

One-on-one Counseling - WEDC staff and entrepreneurial trainers are available for business and loan counseling sessions by appointment.  

Seminars and Workshops- WEDC offers seminars and workshops in a variety of different topics that will help you with crucial business issues.

Webinars - WEDC's NEW On-Line Learning Center will house Webinars on many topics that you will need to know to start and grow your business.

WEDC’s Veterans’ Entrepreneurial Training Program (VET) - scholarships are available for female veterans with a passion for entrepreneurship and the desire to start or grow their own businesses.





Networking Opportunities 
Network with other entrepreneurs and WEDC supporters at our fall networking event, annual spring event, graduate reunions and other WEDC programs. Network on-line via the WEDCbiz community.
WestRock Women's Networking Group (with M&T Bank) for women business owners in Westchester and Rockland.

M/WBE Certification & Procurement
Information and programs are provided for those who wish to do business with the government and corporations that have supplier diversity programs. Many M/WBEs become certified in order to enhance their business opportunities.

For assistance with M/WBE certification please contact Veronica Bazan at 914-948-6098 x14 or

Additional information can be found in the Business Resource section of this site.

WEDC and the City of Yonkers will be presenting M/WBE workshops on March 25, April 22, May 13 and June 10, 2014.  Details can be found under the "Events" tab.

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