Small Business Resources

Comprehensive list of small business resources, compliments of WEDC

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

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

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.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) The Procurement Technical Assistance Program was established to expand the number of business capable of participating in government contracts.  The program is administered by DLA’s Office of Small Business in cooperation with states, local governments and nonprofit organizations.  Under the program, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) help businesses pursue and perform under contracts with the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, state and local governments and with government prime contractors. Most of the assistance the PTACs provide is free.

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

Pro Bono Partnership

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

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 https://appext20.dos.ny.gov/corp_public/corpsearch.entity_search_entry

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.

Financial Literacy Handbook

MoneyWi$e

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

The Easy Guide to Budgeting

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 and Trademark Office

Patent and Trademark Office – Basic facts about patents

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

FuzeHub

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.

Business News

Westchester County Business Journal

The Journal News

The New York Times- Business & Finance News

The Wall Street Journal

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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