Fresh Success: AAPI Business Evolves with VSEDC Loan

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 incredible AAPI entrepreneurs whose businesses are integral cogs of South LA. This month, we begin by highlighting Kook Hyun Kim, a Korean immigrant and a proud member […]

An In-Depth Interview with Jehan Walker of Eli and Ella Rose 

Last week, we featured Eli and Ella Rose, a California-based clothing brand, as our small business spotlight. We were fortunate to catch up with Jehan Walker, Founder, Creative Director, and CEO of Eli and Ella Rose. We discussed the origins of Eli and Ella Rose, the ups and downs of the company, Walker’s relationship with Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation, and the future of this promising clothing company.

My Fish Stop Meets VSEDC

VSEDC advises Harris Brown, entrepreneur of My Fish Stop, who wins $3 million contract with LA County, and becomes both a lifeline during the pandemic, and a source of income to open a second restaurant.

Editions of Opportunity 

Just a couple miles from the Santa Monica Pier sits the boutique printing shop, Thomas Editions, one of Los Angeles County’s burgeoning Black-owned small businesses.


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