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Small Business Resources

Westchester County Resources

  • 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. 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 is a business membership organization committed to helping businesses market, learn, advocate, and grow.
  • 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 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 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.

National Resources

  • 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 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– short quiz to find out how ready you are to start your own business
    • 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) – this Web site provides a wealth of information for small businesses and 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) – 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) 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

  • 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 is a national bipartisan public policy organization.

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Manufacturing Resources

  • 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.

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