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 M/WBE 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 empowers entrepreneurs to build successful businesses by providing high quality training programs, advisory services, and access to capital to generate economic growth in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley.
Our History
The Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. (WEDC), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) micro-enterprise development program, was formed in 1997 to help women achieve economic self-sufficiency through small business development. It was launched as a collaborative effort of:

  • The Westchester County Association
  • Westchester Community College
  • New York State Division for Women (Lower Hudson Valley Advisory Council)
  • Westchester Association of Women Business Owners

WEDC was initially formed as a pilot program called Women’s Enterprise Project (WEP). WEP focused on women who lacked access to traditional business and financial resources, including women transitioning off public assistance, displaced homemakers, and Spanish speaking entrepreneurs. In 2002 WEP became the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. (WEDC). In 2003 we became the designated United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Women’s Business Center for Westchester County and the Lower Hudson Valley, New York, and extended our efforts to help all women entrepreneurs at all stages of business development. In 2008, WEDC became a New York Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) Center.
WEDC also serves specialized populations including mature adults 50+, child care providers, survivors of domestic violence, veterans, and dislocated workers.
In 2009 WEDC began offering programs and counseling in Spanish. All WEDC programs and services are available to men.
Programs and Services

  • 60+ Hour Entrepreneurial Training Program
  • Small Group Counseling Schedule
  • Path To Entrepreneurship Program
  • Workshop Webinars, Videos and Teleconferences
  • One on One Business Counseling Support
  • M/WBE Certification Programs
  • Financial Assistance
    • Qualifications for a BOC Capital Microloan
  • Program Assessment Form