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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

Don’t Fall In! How to Steer Clear of Startup Pitfalls

by | Apr 15, 2024 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Launching a business is thrilling, but between the excitement and the hustle, it's crucial to stay vigilant and not overlook some hidden traps that can derail your...

Meet the Tax-pert: Crystal Mitchell

by | Apr 9, 2024 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Ever felt overwhelmed by the complex world of taxes? Meet Crystal Mitchell, a South LA business coach and tax expert passionate about empowering fellow entrepreneurs....

She Means Business: VSEDC Crowns Enterprise Queens

by | Apr 2, 2024 | Community,Signature Events,Uncategorized,Webinars and Programs | 0 Comments

South LA's got hustle, and VSEDC is here to fuel it! We recently wrapped up our annual HerStory International Women's History Month celebration with a women-owned...

VSEDC Helps South LA Resource Center Avoid Eviction

by | Mar 26, 2024 | Community,Small Business Success Stories | 0 Comments

At VSEDC, we believe that thriving communities are built on the strength and resilience of their local organizations. That's why we were heartbroken to learn about the...

Leimert Park Boutique Goes Viral

by | Mar 20, 2024 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Queen Aminah's Clothing & Sisters Marketplace has been a beloved fixture in Leimert Park for over a decade. Renowned for its exquisite blend of African wear,...

Pitching for Power: VSEDC Platform Empowers Entrepreneurs

by | Mar 6, 2024 | Community,Signature Events,VSEDC Services,Webinars and Programs | 1 Comment

Building a flourishing and sustainable economy in South LA demands the success of its entrepreneurs. Founded by the visionary leader Marva Smith Battle-Bey, VSEDC...

Honoring Marva: A Legacy of Empowering South LA

by | Mar 1, 2024 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Indomitable is the spirit of VSEDC Founder Marva Smith Battle-Bey, a visionary icon whose tireless efforts laid the foundation for economic growth and empowerment in...

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...


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