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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

Kulcha Flavaz: Seasoning Success

by | Feb 28, 2024 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

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...

Organizations Empowering LA Minorities

by | Feb 16, 2024 | Community | 1 Comment

Constellations of organizations remain steadfast in their dedication to empowering and advocating for the betterment of their communities. Essential are the services...

CDFI Uplifts Women-owned Trucking Business | Success Story

by | Feb 13, 2024 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Pandemic be damned. Undeterred by the global hardship, Teneisha Cephas' T&M Productions remains a paragon of resilience. Their sail through the fluctuations of the...

Culinary, Cultural & Media Pillars in LA | Black History Month

by | Feb 8, 2024 | Community | 0 Comments

Los Angeles is rich in culture, and among its most vibrant contributors are the Black-owned businesses that dot its landscape. Today, we celebrate Black excellence...

Wine & Dine Your Love: Black-Owned Restaurants in LA

by | Feb 7, 2024 | Community | 1 Comment

This Black History Month, let's spice up Valentine's Day by diving into the heart of Black culture and heritage with an ingredient everyone loves: food. Los Angeles...

GTLA Apparel Receives $10K Verizon Grant | VSEDC Success Story

by | Jan 31, 2024 | Community,Small Business Spotlight,Small Business Success Stories,Small Business Updates | 0 Comments

A momentous experience unfurled for VSEDC client Guadalupe Tlatenchi, the visionary behind GTLA Apparel. The burgeoning apparel development and production house...

Rent Relief for LA County Landlords – Apply for Rent Relief Now! 

by | Dec 20, 2023 | Announcements,Community,Webinars and Programs | 5 Comments

Are you a 'Mom & Pop' landlord in Los Angeles County (excluding the City of LA) who's faced challenges due to unpaid rent during the pandemic? The Los Angeles...

VSEDC and USC Dornsife Launch TESA

by | Dec 20, 2023 | Announcements,Community,Homepage,VSEDC Services,Webinars and Programs | 0 Comments

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...

Empowering Haircare Innovation with Grow Your Edges Back

by | Dec 6, 2023 | CoLA Success Stories,Small Business Spotlight,Small Business Success Stories,VSEDC Services | 0 Comments

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...



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