VERMONT SLAUSON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Build. Empower. Thrive.
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
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.
CHAMPION FOR COMMUNITY
VSEDC is here to help build our community
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
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
Blog & Press
In the teeming atmosphere of the LA Trade Tech Procurement Matchmaking Event, every handshake and exchange pulsated with the heartbeat of opportunity. Amid...
Under the vibrant Sun in the heart of South LA, the future pulled up, parked, and invited everyone in. Arriving at South LA Best Buy Teen Tech Center with a whisper and...
Adriana Cortes, owner of Delicious at the Dunbar, accepts an award from VSEDC CEO, Quentin Strode. As autumn colors adorn the trees, the dynamic world of...
Amidst the competitive culinary offerings of Los Angeles, Original Taco Pete, a cherished eatery, has embarked on a transformative journey that reshaped its business...
Ambition and the fervor of dreams overflowed from this year's Latino Heritage Month Pitch Competition, spotlighting the unconquerable spirit of Latino entrepreneurs....
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...
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...
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...
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)....
“Thanks to the VSEDC LevelUp Program, we have been able to utilize resources that we didn’t know were able to us. We attended VSEDC webinars to learn how to use our social media accounts. Through VSEDC we were able to connect with other vendors in our Community and gain partnership”
“I didn’t go to the traditional business university, however I learned the knowledge through the VSEDC LevelUp program that allow entrepreneurs streamline ideas and a general direction of where I want to take my business and continue my legacy”
“The VSEDC LevelUp program helped me get out of my comfort zone and it allowed me to challenge me”