Small Business Resources

Comprehensive list of small business resources, compliments of WEDC

Serving Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Sullivan Counties

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Program

WEDC is participating in Verizon's Small Business Digital Ready, a program that is part of Verizon’s goal to support 1M small businesses by 2030 with the resources to thrive in the digital economy as part of its responsible business plan, Citizen Verizon. All courses are in English and Spanish.


Further your business with the chance to receive a $10K grant from Verizon Small Business Digital Ready. The last grant period closed on 12/20/23. However, Verizon does periodically have grant funding rounds. Don't miss out when the next round opens. To qualify, simply register for Verizon Small Business Digital Ready and complete any combination of two courses, coaching or community events. Plus, access free, proven online tools and support that can help you succeed in the digital economy.

Dutchess and Orange County Resources

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is the premier one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in New York’s Dutchess County.  A business-led, nationally recognized economic development corporation, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 12 agencies to offer a single point of contact for a multitude of programs for entrepreneurs, businesses and site selectors

Dutchess County Clerk

For more than 300 years, since 1715, the Office of the Dutchess County Clerk has been the keeper of the land recordings and the legal filings of the county.

Orange County Economic Development Department

The Economic Development Office’s responsibilities include developing policies, procedures and programs which enhance economic growth and activities in Orange County. Director Bill Fioravanti was hired in June of 2018 to lead the Office. Fioravanti most recently served as the Orange County Partnership’s Director of Business Attraction and brings a wealth of experience and diverse background to the position.

Orange County Clerk

Our goal is to continue to strive for excellent service to the residents of orange county. Check website for DBA business formation forms.

Public Libraries

The Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) is a cooperative library system chartered by the New York Board of Regents dedicated to strengthening local library service while saving local tax dollars.

Ramapo Catskill Library System, (RCLS) working cooperatively with member libraries, provides coordinated services, guidance, training, support and leadership to member libraries to sustain their effort to be responsive, proactive, vital community institutions that meet the changing needs of their users

Westchester County Resources

Westchester County Office of Economic Development

Westchester County Office of Economic Development’s main mission is quickly connecting business owners and their representatives with the information, financial and human resources their organizations need to start, expand, stay or come to Westchester County.

The Westchester County Association Inc.

The Westchester County Association Inc. is a business-based membership organization committed to addressing public policy issues with respect to business advocacy and economic development on behalf of the region’s corporate and not-for-profit organizations.

Business Council of Westchester

Business Council of Westchester is a business membership organization committed to helping businesses market, learn, advocate, and grow.

Westchester Library System

Westchester Library System in conjunction with the Westchester Government Office of the County Executive, collaborates with 38 libraries in Westchester County to provide access to resources and services and to enhance and support library service for the more than 940,000 residents.

New York State Resources

NY Empire State Development Corporation

NY Empire State Development Corporation directs a wide array of programs and initiatives to support small business growth and help entrepreneurs maximize their opportunities for success. The Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP), in which WEDC participates, establishes centers in local communities to provide instruction, training, technical assistance and support services to individuals who have recently started their own business or are interested in starting a business. The program’s 24 EAP centers are strategically located throughout the State.

Online Permit Assistance and Licensing

Online Permit Assistance and Licensing is a good resource for finding out about licenses and permits you may need to do business in New York State.  Also visit NYS Division of Licensing Services.

New York Business Express

Employee vs Independent Contractor

New York State Office of Cannabis Management

New York City Business

National Resources

US Small Business Administration (SBA)

US Small Business Administration (SBA) – this site provides a vast amount of information about starting and growing a business including many on-line tutorials

SBA Office of Women’s Business Ownership

SBA Office of Women’s Business Ownership oversees the Women’s Business Center (WBC) program in which WEDC participates. Through the management and technical assistance provided by the WBCs, entrepreneurs, especially women who are economically or socially disadvantaged, are offered comprehensive training and counseling on a vast array of topics in many languages to help them start and grow their own businesses.

Small Business Readiness Assessment Guide

Small Business Readiness Assessment Guide– short quiz to find out how ready you are to start your own business

SBA On-line Small Business Training

SBA On-line Small Business Training– free on-line courses to learn the basics of small business topics related to your company.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – this Web site provides a wealth of information for small businesses and the self-employed

National Association for the Self-Employed

National Association for the Self-Employed was founded in 1981 to provide day-to-day support, including direct access to experts, benefits, and consolidated buying power that traditionally had been available only to large corporations.

The SBA’s System for Award Management (SAM)

The SBA’s System for Award Management (SAM) – combines the federal procurement systems and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. The overarching benefits of SAM include streamlined and integrated processes for procurement, elimination of data redundancies, and reduced costs.

APEX Accelerators program

The APEX Accelerators program, formerly known as Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP), under management of the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), plays a critical role in the Department’s efforts to identify and helps a wide range of businesses enter and participate in the defense supply-chain. The program provides the education and training to ensure that all businesses become capable of participating in federal, state, and local government contracts.

National Federation of Independent Business NFIB

NFIB is the voice of small business, advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses, and remains so today.  This is a membership organization and certain resources are only available to members.  There are free resources as well.

Research, Public Policy and Advocacy Groups for Women-owned Business and Microbusiness Issues

Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC)

The AWBC works to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a national network of more than 100 Women’s Business Centers (WBC).

National Women’s Business Council

National Women’s Business Council is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. 

Women Impacting Public Policy

Women Impacting Public Policy is a national bipartisan public policy organization.

Accounting and Legal Information

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – this Web site provides a wealth of information for small businesses and the self-employed

Start Small Think Big

Start Small provides eligible entrepreneurs with free legal services through in-house experts and our extensive network of pro bono partners.

Pro Bono Partnership

Pro Bono Partnership – provides nonprofit organizations with free, expert business legal advice

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

NYLPI – Series of free guides for nonprofits that offer essential legal information to nonprofit leaders and other organizational decision-makers.  

Federal Trade Commission

Federal Trade Commission – includes regulations regarding truth in advertising, privacy and security and franchises

New York Department of State

New York Department of State – for information on required corporate filings, corporate and business entities, building and energy filings, and other related areas.  To check business name availability click

Online Permit Assistance and Licensing

Online Permit Assistance and Licensing is a good resource for finding out about licenses and permits you may need to do business in New York State.

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp’s Credit Resource Center

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp’s Credit Resource Center provides links to articles that include securing business loans, raising capital, analyzing new business technology and software, social marketing tips, risk management, and more.


GrowGrade is a free digital tool offered by M&T Bank to empower business owners with more knowledge about their business. Looking to sell your business today or one day in the future? Knowing how much your company is worth is a great place to start. And there’s no greater place to get that business valuation than GrowGrade.

Financial Literacy Handbook

Making smart financial decisions is important whether you're a high school student, a recent college graduate, a first-time homeowner or a midlife worker. But learning how to spend, save and invest wisely doesn't have to be intimidating.


MoneyWi$e – (partnership of Consumer Action and Capital One) – basic business information.

The Easy Guide to Budgeting

While simply hearing the word “budget” can send even the most laid-back person into a panic, setting a budget is really an essential step in taking control of your personal finances. Don’t believe us? 3 in 5 Americans don't know what they spent last month, and 18% of workers with salaries greater than $100,000 are living paycheck to paycheck. By setting a budget, you will not only keep on top of your spending and see opportunities for savings, but you will also enjoy greater financial freedom by making a plan and sticking to it. It’s an important step in your financial plan, and with the help of this guide, it can be an easy one.

e-Commerce Resources for Small Businesses

The Amazon Small Business Academy

Amazon Small Business Academy is for early-stage entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to learn how to start, build, or launch their businesses online.

Shopify Help Center

Shopify Help Center, connecting merchants to the information they need to run a successful eCommerce business with Shopify.

Square Support

Square get started guides for all of the Square products and services.

To Protect Intellectual Property

Patent and Trademark Office

Patent and Trademark Office – Basic facts about trademarks

Patent and Trademark Office

Patent and Trademark Office – Basic facts about patents

Patent and Trademark Resource Centers

The Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRC) are a nationwide network of public, state, and academic libraries designated by the USPTO to support the public with trademark and patent assistance. PTRC staff are trained by the USPTO for inventor assistance.

Patent Pro Bono Services

  • Patent Pro Bono Program: for independent inventors and small businesses
  • USPTO Search Engine: Before dedicating capital to an invention, many inventors find it helpful to search and see what is already out there. The USPTO Full Text and Image database offers searching of every patent database based on text queries.

Copyright Office

Copyright Office – Copyright office basics

Manufacturing Resources

The Council of Industry

The Council of Industry has been the manufacturer’s association for the Hudson Valley since 1910. We are a privately funded not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to promote the success of our member firms and their employees, and through them contribute to the success of the Hudson Valley Community.


FuzeHub – guided access to our extensive network of industry experts, programs and assets to solve productivity, commercialization, research and development issues, and other challenges to growth.

The New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) is a network of organizations that provide growth and innovation services to small and mid-sized manufacturers in every corner of the state to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money.

Food Export-Northeast

Food Export USA - Northeast is a non-profit organization that promotes the export of food and agricultural products from the Northeast region of the United States. The organization has been helping exporters of Northeast food and agricultural products sell their products overseas since 1973.

Global New York

Global NY offers one-stop shopping to both foreign businesses looking to invest in New York and to local businesses that want to export globally. It’s the latest innovation from the state that has been offering global trade and investment opportunities for over 400 years. With offices around the world, we are New York State’s global connection and international business resource.

The International Trade Administration (ITA), U.S. Department of Commerce

Developed by international trade experts and economists, provides trusted market intelligence, practical advice and business tools to help U.S. companies expand in global markets.   There are additional resources at

Business News

Westchester County Business Journal

The Journal News

The New York Times- Business & Finance News

The Wall Street Journal

Featured Programs


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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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