Organization

Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation (WHIDC)

New York, NY | http://www.whidc.org
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Joined in May 1998

About Us

Washington Heights Development Corporation (WHIDC) is a community based, nonprofit organization established in 1978 to promote economic development, communities of North Manhattan. For decades WHIDC has provided programs and resources to educate and empower local entrepreneurs as a means to facilitate, foster and fund the expansion of private enterprise, job creation and prosperity in the communities it serves. WHIDC’s directly helps local entrepreneurs start and grow successful businesses by providing loans, one-one-one business counseling, in-language training, referral services and technical assistance.

Since inception the organization has helped launch 500 new enterprises including street vendors, store- front and in-home businesses. It has provided $6.5 Million in micro-loans to over 400 entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds (94% minority owners and 40% to women-owned enterprises). These loans have helped fund 140 local start ups and generated over 500 new full time jobs. WHIDC assists between 200-250 entrepreneurs annually.

As a means of highlighting Washington Heights neighborhood and attracting residents, businesses and investment to the community, in 1983, WHIDC launched The Medieval Festival at Fort Tyron Park. Over thirty years later, the festival draws 60,000 visitors annually and is the single largest scheduled event in New York City parks. WHIDC is currently responsible for producing all facets of the Festival


Washington Heights Development Corporation (WHIDC) is a community based, nonprofit organization established in 1978 to promote economic development, communities of North Manhattan. For decades WHIDC has provided programs and…

Areas of Focus Include

  • Economic Development
  • Entrepreneurship

Location

  • 611 West 177th Street
    New York, NY 10033