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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

Art Delectables Receives CDFI Loan to Expand Into Costco

by | May 16, 2024 | Small Business Success Stories | 0 Comments

Black women-owned business survives disaster to expand anew Chef Simone wants to help open doors for other minority-owned businesses Deljah S. Dickson, also known as...

Inside VSEDC: AAPI Voices Elevating South Los Angeles

by | May 22, 2024 | Inside VSEDC | 0 Comments

Diversity is a catalyst. VSEDC actively employs this principle, utilizing staff from various walks of life who converge at Marva's gates to uplift South Los Angeles....

South LA Wellness Oasis Empowered by VSEDC

by | May 15, 2024 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Yoga isn't just about physical postures—it's about transformation. For Kar Lee Young, founder of Crenshaw Yoga & Dance (CYD) in Park Mesa Heights,...

Let’s Learn: Starting a Daycare Business

by | May 8, 2024 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Do you have a passion for nurturing young minds and an entrepreneurial soul? Starting a daycare in California could be your ideal enterprise, allowing you to build a...

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas | Feature Friday

by | May 3, 2024 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Mother's Day is fast approaching, and finding that perfect gift can be challenging. Our moms are superheroes; finding the gift that expresses how much we...

Fresh Success: AAPI Business Evolves with VSEDC Loan

by | May 1, 2024 | CDFI,Community,Small Business Spotlight,Small Business Success Stories,Webinars and Programs | 0 Comments

Flipping away from April, we arrive at the first page of May, ushering in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. VSEDC is proud to champion the...

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 hidden traps that can derail your plans. By...

Meet the Tax-pert: Crystal Mitchell

by | Apr 9, 2024 | Uncategorized | 2 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...


Business Certification Workshop

Maximize your business's potential with our intensive certification workshop tailored to enhance credibility and competitiveness. Gain industry-recognized certifications and invaluable knowledge to elevate your brand and secure lucrative opportunities.

Business Credit Workshop

Unlock the power of business credit with our comprehensive workshop designed to empower businesses of all sizes. Learn proven strategies to build and leverage credit effectively, paving the way for […]


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