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Westchester County executive George Latimer celebrates economic milestone

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Westchester County Executive George Latimer proudly announced that the Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Program has successfully facilitated contracts exceeding $250 million for registered minority and women-owned businesses over the past five years.

The MWBE Program, operating under Westchester County’s Office of Economic Development, serves as a catalyst for economic empowerment, connecting businesses to opportunities and providing crucial workshops and training.

Latimer expressed his excitement, stating, “Our MWBE Program surpassing the $250 million mark underscores our commitment to fostering an inclusive and thriving economic landscape. This milestone reflects our dedication to supporting entrepreneurs and creating a diverse community where everyone can reach their full potential.”

Originally relaunched in 2018 to level the playing field, the MWBE Program underwent strategic reinvention with input from a Task Force Committee, aiming to support historically underrepresented entrepreneurs.

The program witnessed substantial growth, with over 150 new MWBE businesses registering in 2023 alone.

Joan McDonald, Westchester County Director of Operations, emphasized, “Our MWBE program has become a catalyst for innovation and positive change within our vibrant community. Reaching this milestone reaffirms Westchester’s commitment to cultivating opportunities and diversity.”

Bridget Gibbons, Director of the Westchester County Office of Economic Development, highlighted the impact of the quarter-billion-dollar infusion, stating, “This substantial contribution has fueled economic growth, empowered diverse entrepreneurs, and fostered a more inclusive business landscape.”

The MWBE Program acts as a valuable resource for minority- and women-owned businesses, offering benefits such as online database listings, high visibility to county departments and contractors, and notifications of contract opportunities. Martha Lopez, Director of Minority and Women Owned Business Development, emphasized the importance of spreading awareness, stating, “The door to Westchester County is open for MWBEs, and we want to encourage them to take advantage of the available contracts and support.”

For those interested in learning more or registering as a Minority or Women-owned business in Westchester County, visit Westchestercatalyst.com/MWBE.

The Westchester County Office of Economic Development is dedicated to enhancing the county’s economic well-being and quality of life. Their activities focus on attracting, creating, and retaining jobs to foster a resilient, pro-growth, and inclusive economy.

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