Build. Empower. Thrive.

Business Services

Onboard with VSEDC for free one-on-one access to our professional business coaches

Access to Capital

Find out if you are eligible for a CDFI loan.

Workshops & Core Curriculum

Free live webinars for entrepreneurs and small businesses

Tech Centers

Free tech courses and access to tech for our community


Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation

(VSEDC) was established in 1979 by Marva Smith Battle-Bey, and began operations in 1981, breaking ground on development of the Vermont-Slauson Shopping Center –the first major retail investment in the community since the 1965 Watts riots. Over the past 40 years, VSEDC has grown from a grassroots neighborhood organization to an established anchor institution, delivering economic resources to communities that often live in the shadows.

As the operating arm of 501(c)(3) nonprofit Vermont-Slauson LDC, Inc. (VSLDC), VSEDC provides business courses and customized technical assistance to low- and moderate-income South LA residents and businesses. Our diverse support includes access to capital through our CDFI revolving loan fund, business planning, one-on-one business assistance, business training and education.


VSEDC is here to help build our community

BusinessSource Centers

Visit us at the Watts or South LA BusinessSource Center for one-on-one business assistance and CDFI lending

South LA Best BBTTC

State-of-the-art tech space where South LA Youth (ages 10-24) can learn and dream with no limits 

AT&T Connected Learning Center

State-of-the-art tech space for entrepreneurs who need access to technology

Business Webinars

Learn how to start a business, or simply brush up on your business skills at one of the many free business webinars we offer each month

Business Pitch Competitions

Startups and Small Businesses win cash prizes at one of our three 60-Second Pitch competitions.

Economic Development Initiatives

Real Estate Development & Retail Centers 

Vermont Slauson EDC

Latest Updates

Blog & Press

VSEDC is excited to partner with Amazon!

by | Sep 20, 2023 | Announcements,Inside VSEDC,Our Partners | 0 Comments

VSEDC’s Best Buy Teen Tech Center (BBTTC) is excited to start a digital partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS)! We will start offering certification preparation...

PNC Bank visit VSEDC HQ

by | Sep 6, 2023 | Announcements,Community | 0 Comments

We are grateful for PNC Bank's recent visit to VSEDC headquarters and our Best Buy Teen Tech Center. The tour provided PNC Bank a glimpse into our determined...

CEO Corner: Celebrating and Learning During Latino Heritage Month 

by | Sep 6, 2023 | Announcements,CEO Corner,Inside VSEDC | 0 Comments

A month of celebrations awaits us on September 15, with the arrival of Latino Heritage Month. This observant time acknowledges Latin America's vast collection of...

Da Yamms: A Sister Act in Hollywood’s Spotlight 

by | Aug 30, 2023 | Community,Inside VSEDC,Small Business Spotlight,Small Business Success Stories,Small Business Updates,VSEDC Services | 0 Comments

Amid Hollywood's flashing lights and red-carpet premieres, twin sisters Kai Destiny and Mickey Raymond co-founded a breakthrough company, Da Yamms Entertainment (DYE)....

YIA Pitch Competition Unfolds at Spotify’s Creative Campus: Shaping the Future of Innovation

by | Aug 23, 2023 | BBTTC,Community,Homepage,Our Partners,Youth | 0 Comments

Bright minds and hopeful hearts filled Spotify's Downtown Los Angeles campus this month as young entrepreneurs took center stage at the inaugural Young Innovators...

New Beginnings at Watts BSC Launch, Echoed by Mayor Karen Bass

by | Aug 16, 2023 | Announcements,Community,Homepage,Small Business Updates,VSEDC in the News,VSEDC Services,Webinars and Programs | 2 Comments

This August, the sun-soaked streets of Watts are shining brighter as the community welcomes the highly-anticipated Watts BusinessSource Center (Watts BSC). The Center...

Meet the Banker: Building Bridges between Banks and Community

by | Aug 9, 2023 | Community,Homepage,Inside VSEDC,Signature Events,VSEDC Services | 0 Comments

The essence of banking is rooted in community, but the personal, hands-on approach shifted somewhere along the line. Not just about savings or loans; there was a drive...

CEO Corner: Celebrating National Black Business Month

by | Aug 2, 2023 | CEO Corner,Community,Homepage | 1 Comment

Dear Friends of VSEDC,   We turn the page to August and usher in a significant annual observance close to our community: National Black Business Month. This...

HBCU Bound: South LA Teen Tech Center Students Awarded UNCF Scholarships 

by | Jul 26, 2023 | BBTTC,Community,VSEDC Services,Youth | 0 Comments

Reward comes to those who work hard and dream big. This statement holds true for two students at South LA Best Buy Teen Tech Center, Jimmy Wilson and Kinaya Smith. The...



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