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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
South Los Angeles is witnessing the rise of a culinary hero: Kulcha Flavaz, a new Afro Carribean food truck driven by Karim Mejia's passionate pursuit. Drawing from his...
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A momentous experience unfurled for VSEDC client Guadalupe Tlatenchi, the visionary behind GTLA Apparel. The burgeoning apparel development and production house...
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Building a New Era of Entrepreneurship Marching step-for-step into the New Year, VSEDC is thrilled to announce a momentous collaboration with the University of Southern...
Spurred by necessity and the desire to create, Grow Your Edges Back (GYEB) is forging its pathway in the crowded beauty industry, where innovation and...
“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”
“The VSEDC LevelUp program helped me get out of my comfort zone and it allowed me to challenge me”
“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”