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Featured in 914INC.
Recently, 914INC. published a series of stories about Westchester County's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

A story titled “Starting a Business in Westchester: Tips for Entrepreneurs” features insights from Bridget Gibbons, Westchester County’s Director of Economic Development. With 35,000 small businesses currently operating in Westchester, the article gives resources for entrepreneurs, including County programs such as Launch1000 and the Element 46 Tech Accelerator Powered by Cela. David Brezler, a Launch1000 graduate and owner of construction project management and data analytics firm Brezler, LLC, is quoted in the article.

Deborah Novick, Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation for Westchester County is quoted in a story titled, "Entrepreneurs are Making Their Mark in Westchester's Startup Sector." In the article, Novick discusses several topics, including the powerful advantages to starting a business in Westchester. She says: "We have an amazing quality of life here — a lot of tourism, a lot of beautiful outdoor resources, walkable downtowns, great transportation."
WEDC’s Fall 2022 Entrepreneur Growth Lab Now Accepting Applications
Apply today for WEDC Westchester’s WBC’s Entrepreneur Growth Lab! WEDC’s professional trainers will assist you with navigating all aspects of starting, running, and growing your business; helping you to create a roadmap for success.
Topics include:

  • Business Model Canvas and how to conduct customer discovery to ensure your product fits with the needs of the marketplace. 
  • Create a customer profile and conduct a competitive analysis. 
  • Utilize the latest digital marketing techniques, social media, branding, and media strategies. 
  • Create an executive summary and pitch presentation to communicate your value proposition 
  • Perfect your sales strategies. 
  • Determine forms of business ownership. 
  • Create an operating budget for your business. 
  • Develop financial management skills including record keeping and financial statements. 
Registration fee is $200. Weekly classes begin on September 13. Reserve your spot today
Element 46 Accepting Applications
Tech Startups, Mentors, Investors
The Element 46 Tech Accelerator Powered by Cela is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2022 cohort, including tech startups to participate, mentors and investors. Interested parties can apply here.
August is National Black Business Month

August is National Black Business Month, a time when individuals and businesses recognize Black-owned businesses across the country. This month traces its history back to 2004 when Frederick E. Jordan, an engineering entrepreneur, teamed up with John William Templeton, president and executive editor of eAccess Corp - a scholarly publishing company. According to BlackEnterprise, Jordan felt compelled to highlight and uplift Black business owners like himself after reflecting on the challenges he faced as a new business owner. 

According to a 2021 census on minority-owned businesses, Black and African American business owners own approximately 124,551 businesses in the U.S. While there’s been growth in black entrepreneurs and businesses over the years, these business owners still face disproportionate inequalities that can hinder their abilities to gain financial support, receive equal wages, and find employment within their local communities. 
Throughout the month we’ll be highlighting a handful of the Black entrepreneurs and visionaries who have participated in our programs. We look forward to introducing you to them!
SBA Veteran Small Business Resource Brief
Date: August 5
Time: 10:00 AM
Work for Yourself@50+
Date: August 9
Time: 8:00 PM
Live Q&A - Expert Advice and Solutions for Black-Owned Business Challenges
SCORE Westchester
Date: August 11
Time: 1:00 PM
Launch1000 Alumni Support Workshop #9:
Social Media Insights for Small Businesses
Westchester County Office of Economic Development & TAP
*All Launch1000 workshops are open to the public
Date: August 11
Time: 12:00 PM
Date: August 17
Time: 6:30 PM
Email Marketing Strategies to Propel Your Business Growth
SCORE Westchester
Date: August 18
Time: 1:00 PM
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