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
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)....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
“The VSEDC LevelUp program helped me get out of my comfort zone and it allowed me to challenge me”
“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”