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

A momentous experience unfurled for VSEDC client Guadalupe Tlatenchi, the visionary behind GTLA Apparel. The burgeoning apparel development and production house received a significant boost from a $10,000 Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Program grant. Verizon bestowed the grant at a special event at So-Fi Stadium, collaborating with the Los Angeles Rams to celebrate GTLA’s commitment […]

Catalyzing Original Taco Pete’s Expansion in LA

Amidst the competitive culinary offerings of Los Angeles, Original Taco Pete, a cherished eatery, has embarked on a transformative journey that reshaped its business outlook and community impact. Propelled by the strategic partnership with the South LA BusinessSource Center (BSC), operated by VSEDC, ‘Taco Pete’ is experiencing an evolution. Synergizing with the BSC introduced a […]

Sisters Act in Hollywood’s Spotlight 

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). Named in honor of their late mother’s children and grandchildren, DYE represents more than glitz and glamour—it embodies a dream nurtured from humble beginnings to the luminous marquees of cinemas. Navigating a Challenging […]

New Beginnings at Watts BSC Launch, Echoed by Mayor Karen Bass

As August unfolds, the sun-soaked streets of Watts are shining brighter. The community welcomes the highly-anticipated Watts BusinessSource Center (BSC), a collaborative push toward local economic prosperity. Located at the Children’s Institute’s Watts campus, the BSC demonstrates what’s possible when the public and private sectors unite, delivering resources for entrepreneurial dreams. Under the joint vision […]

VSEDC Businesses: First in Serving LA’s Summer Nights

The Summer Night Lights (SNL) program, a brainchild of the City of Los Angeles, has made summer nights exciting and engaging for local youths by keeping parks open and filled with activities. A thoughtful provision of the program offers free food for attendees, which was traditionally handled by a large corporation. This year, for the first time, […]

A Flavorful Journey with Vegan Chef Nekia

Nekia Hattley’s entrepreneurial journey is a delicious tale of love, inspiration, and an unwavering passion for promoting health through food. Vegan Chef Nekia utilizes her father’s recipes and her personal experiences with plant-based diets to create unique fusions of taste and health.  After losing her father to diabetes and battling health issues herself, Nekia’s life took a turn […]

VSEDC Clients Participated in the Los Angeles Region Small Business Summit

LA Region Small Business Summit Draws an Unprecedented Crowd Last week, members of our team at Vermont Slauson headed to the Los Angeles Region Small Business Summit. The summit is the first of its kind, created by the Los Angeles City Economic and Workforce Development Department, the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Business and Economic […]

GreenCape Combats Graffiti at LA Metro and Caltrans and Creates Jobs

In Los Angeles, the problem of power washing and painting over graffiti in public spaces totals an annual cost of over $7 million dollars. Graffiti is linked to lower property values, neighborhood avoidance and escalated gang activity.   Intuitive Real Estate Solutions, LLC, is a Los Angeles based company that has provided an array of real […]

Matte Argyle, a Size-Inclusive Boutique and Event Space, Receives Funding

South LA Business Owner Tashiba Jones-Wilson Gets Loan Ready with VSEDC An Inclusive Community   Tashiba Jones-Wilson was born and raised in South Los Angeles, and her community is top of mind when it comes to managing her business, Matte Argyle. Matte Argyle is a size-inclusive retail experience, offering women’s and men’s apparel, accessories and beauty […]


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