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The Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC), a 501(c)(3) corporation, has been empowering women entrepreneurs to build successful small businesses since 1997 in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley. This is accomplished by providing comprehensive, high quality business training programs, one-on-one business and loan counseling, networking opportunities, assistance with loan applications for microloans and crowd funding through Kiva Zip, and MWBE certification assistance in English and Spanish. WEDC’s overarching goal is to build a vibrant community of women business owners, comprised of start-up and established companies.


The response to Alice Walker’s upcoming visit has been phenomenal! Many of you have shared personal stories of how you have come to learn of the celebrated author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Color Purple. Westchester, we hear you! We know you have questions for when Alice Walker comes to New Rochelle High School, October 10, 2018.


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Fees paid for this event are nonrefundable

This is a rare appearance, and these tickets will sell out soon. Advanced purchase is required. Tickets are awarded on a first come, first served basis.




If you could sit-down with Alice Walker, what would you ask her? Here’s a wonderful opportunity to do just that:

Ask Ms. Alice Walker…

Please email your questions to Dr. Traci Alexander at talexander@wedcbiz.org  Please include your name and contact information. See you soon!


WEDC would like to thank the “Alice Walker Welcome to Westchester” Committee!


Our sponsors make our vision come to fruition.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Dr.Traci Alexander ( Dr. TEA) at: talexander@wedcbiz.org or 914.948.6098 x11




Get more information about Alice Walker Comes to Westchester at the following links:


Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who attended the Spring Gala on May 31st. We truly appreciate your help in fulfilling our mission. Our community of entrepreneurs is strengthen by your continued support. 




 To view more pictures from the Gala. Click here.



El Programa de Entrenamiento Empresarial

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Spanish & in Poughkeepsie

WEDC Mid-Hudson- Programa de Entrenamiento Empresarial

 Success Stories


Laurie Kracko, President
Maura McCosker, COO
Modern Paint &Hardware

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke about the Microloan Modernization Act at a press conference held yesterday at Modern Paint and Hardware store in New Rochelle. Pictured left to right are: Laurie Kracko, President of Modern Paint and Hardware, Sen. Gillibrand, Anne Janiak, WEDC’s CEO, and Maura McCosker, COO of Modern Paint and Hardware. 


WEDC Mid-Hudson Spring 2017 GRADUATES




WEDC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the SBA. The SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact WEDC at 914.948.6098.
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