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AEDC Offering Free Training on Becoming a Certified MWBE

Saranac Lake, NY: In partnership with the Village of Potsdam Planning and Development Office, the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) is encouraging women or minority business owners in St. Lawrence County to attend their no-cost virtual training on Tuesday, March 16th, from 6-7 PM. 

This training continues the long-term work between AEDC and the Village of Potsdam, who partner to further business opportunities in the village and beyond through loan administration and education. 

AEDC Executive Director Victoria Zinser Duley stated, "We are excited to continue our strong partnership with the Village of Potsdam to expand economic opportunities to small businesses in the area. The MWBE program can provide a great boost for these businesses."

MWBE attendees will access the training via Zoom Web-conference, and learn about the serious advantages for their business, including access to preferred contract opportunities; capital support and networking; technical assistance; COVID-19 resources, and free workshops/services designed to ensure access for women and minority entrepreneurs.

Those interested in attending are asked to register by email at or by visiting here by March 15th at noon.  

The New York State MWBE Certification Campaign launched to encourage minority and women business owners to certify with the State and to take advantage of current and upcoming State procurement opportunities and billions of dollars in State procurement opportunities. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, the State has certified more than 4,300 MWBEs and recertified more than 3,600 MWBEs.

About the AEDC: The mission of AEDC is to advance economic opportunity in North Country communities through support for existing and new small businesses. The organization serves a 14-county area across northern New York, encompassing Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington counties.