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Business Counselor – Mid-Hudson

Business Counselor – Mid-Hudson

Women’s Enterprise Development Center

The Women's Enterprise Development Center Inc. (WEDC) is a non-profit microenterprise development program, a Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women’s Business Center, and a New York State Empire Development Corporation’s Entrepreneurship Assistance Center (EAC). WEDC helps women and minorities achieve economic self-sufficiency through small business ownership by providing high-quality business training programs and services, including one-on-one business counseling; assistance with microloan applications and assistance with the M/WBE certification process. We serve both start- up and established business owners in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley. Our programs are offered in English and Spanish.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide general financial business counseling for Mid-Hudson clients.
  • Provide microloan counseling and assist in microloan package development in the Mid-Hudson.
  • Review and provide feedback to 60 Hour Class participants regarding Financial Templates.
  • Input client related data into all tracking databases and tools.
  • Contact both English and Spanish clients that have inquired about financial and business plan counseling.
  • Contact past English and Spanish clients to offer financial counseling.
  • Conduct finance, loan and business development workshops.
  • Represent the organization at applicable networking functions as time permits.


  • Experience with business training programs, business ownership and/or non-profit management
  • Experience with loan counseling, financial packaging, preparation and procurement of loans
  • Capability to analyze credit, and financial stability to determine the appropriate loan product for the client
  • Self-starter who demonstrates initiative
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite; familiar with databases and or ability to learn one
  • Bilingual a plus


This is a part-time position.  Work will be performed at the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Mid-Hudson Location at 3 Neptune Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.  This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated individual to assume a key role in a fast-paced, impactful organization.  Some on the job training is provided.  The position reports to the Program Director Mid-Hudson.

 Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. (WEDC) Equal Opportunity Statement 

WEDC is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome qualified applicants to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

Job Type: Part-time 

Salary Range: $35,000-$45,000 depending on availability and experience.

Business Course Trainer

Business Course Trainer

For WEDC's 60 hr comprehensive entrepreneurial training program

ENGLISH in White Plains  | SPANISH in Newburgh

WEDC Trainers must be able to provide entrepreneurial training that covers the basics of owning and operating a small business.  The end result for the students in the class is to graduate with a solid business plan that can be used to either start a new business or enhance an existing business. Programs are offered in Westchester, Orange, and Dutchess Counties.  Courses are offered in the evening (6pm-9pm).

Trainers must be knowledgeable in most sectors of the business curriculum unless a specialist in brought in to present the session. Other responsibilities of the position include:

  • Trainers will verbally communicate to the Program Director weekly about the progress of the class.
  • Trainers will prepare written reports on participants’ attendance, progress/status, and other relevant information. Such information may include any special activity in which the participants engage, and special circumstances (e.g. awards, recognition, business opportunities, personal and family circumstances) of which the trainer is aware and has an impact on the participant’s ability to complete the training program.
  • Trainer will follow up with students that are absent to encourage continued participation in the class.
  • Assist WEDC with plans for the graduation ceremony.
  • The trainer must provide WEDC with a written report no later than 30 days after the course is completed. Items to be included in the final report are: participants’ names and addresses, business names and locations, status of businesses and participants’ next steps for their businesses, copies of written business plans, review and comments on business plans submitted, and summary/success stories of participants.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • BS or Master’s Degree in Business
  • Current or previous small business owner
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Experience working in adult education
  • For WEDC en Español, fluency in Spanish is required

To apply please send your resume to:

English: Persephone Zill
Spanish: Veronica Bazan

The Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC) is a non-profit organization formed in 1997 that helps entrepreneurs build successful businesses in Westchester County and the Mid-Hudson Valley. We focus on women entrepreneurs and provide them with the tools, resources and opportunities they need to achieve their small business goals. We offer a variety of programs to assist entrepreneurs at various stages of business development.

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Women's Enterprise Development Center

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 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. Our overarching goal is to build a vibrant community of women business owners, comprised of start-up and established companies.

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