Vermont Slauson Success Stories

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Success Stories

Over 500 businesses have benefitted from VSEDC’s training programs.

Here is a sampling of success stories from former participants.

Bills Bike Shop

The South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center assisted an entrepreneur with finding a solution to continue his family business by opening a mobile bike repair service. Aaron Flournoy’s family had run Bill’s Bike Shop at the corner of Hoover and Jefferson in South LA for 40 years. In honor of his father, Aaron opened Lil Bill’s Bike Shop. When Aaron received news he was losing his location, he met with EWDD officials who directed him to the South Los Angeles BusinessSource Center, run by the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation, a EWDD partner.  Aaron attended VSEDC’s 5th Annual Mobile Retail and Food Truck Exhibition in late September and decided to convert his business to a mobile business. He attended a business plan writing class and met with a social media and website development specialist. “The results are great!” Aaron said. “Going mobile allows me to grow my customer base by offering bikes for sale in addition to my repair service.”

3 World Café

"Our biggest success is rooted in our visibility as a community based social enterprise.  We continue to rack up great reviews on our social media sites and local newspapers with   LA Weekly naming 3 Worlds Cafe the best Cafe in South LA 2014!  We continue to maintain 4.75 star rating on YELP steadily increasing our web presence, thanks to our social media consultant Deborah Deras provided to us through Vermont Slauson EDC. A third of our business is from our YELP reviews." – Aqeela Sherrills


Southern Girls

"Owning a small business is rewarding. After a few years in business, a host of national television appearances and growing brand recognition, we opened at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (BHCP). We are thankful for VSEDC and the role it has played in helping us secure business credit. We are excited about expanding our business with a new healthy menu and nationwide shipping. VSEDC really cares. The knowledge of the staff is vast and they genuinely want you to succeed." -  Catarah Hampshire


Harold & Belle's

"Being a minority small business owner in the city of Los Angeles can at times feel like a daunting task.  The services that VSEDC provides are invaluable.  Whether you are a business of one or one hundred, each business receives the same opportunities and exposure to resources.  VSEDC provides the opportunities for small business owners to network, and share resources to help strengthen local businesses.  Marva and her team have provided us with mentorship, and equally important, the encouragement to keep our business going.   We have been fortunate to have learned of and utilized the services that VSEDC has to offer." -  Jessica LeGaux


Crenshaw Yoga & Dance

"Crenshaw Yoga and Dance studio is a new challenging business in this neighborhood. VSEDC helps to promote my business with invitations business mixers and introductions to various business and LA city program for small business.  I was in need of a new roof for the studio and VSEDC helped me find a bank willing to work with me to obtain a loan.  I know I can always reach out for their help anytime in the future.  Thank you VSEDC". - Kar Lee Young



1130 West Slauson Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90044

Tel: (323) 753-2335

Fax: (323) 753-6710


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6109 South Western Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90047

Tel: (323) 789-4515

Fax: (323) 789-4524

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