VSEDC Opens South LA’s First Women’s Business Center

Last Wednesday, VSEDC commemorated the grand opening of South LA’s first Women’s Business Center (WBC). Powered by Wells Fargo, the center, the third in Los Angeles and 20th statewide, promises tailored resources, specialized programs and workshops, and mentorship for the next wave of pioneers. A Milestone Event Notable speakers underscored the WBC‘s significance in instigating […]

Pitching for Power: VSEDC Platform Empowers Entrepreneurs

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 carries a legacy of empowering businesses through platforms like our pitch competitions. These events connect lenders with aspiring business owners, providing access to crucial capital, learning opportunities, and a valuable network. […]

VSEDC and USC Dornsife Launch TESA

Building a New Era of Entrepreneurship Marching step-for-step into the New Year, VSEDC is thrilled to announce a momentous collaboration with the University of Southern California (USC) Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Launching in February 2024, this exciting alliance introduces the Transformative Entrepreneurship Startup Academy (TESA), an eight-week virtual workshop series designed to […]

Empowering Haircare Innovation with Grow Your Edges Back

Spurred by necessity and the desire to create, Grow Your Edges Back (GYEB) is forging its pathway in the beauty industry, where innovation and uniqueness are key. Distinctively focusing on hair loss and thinning edges, this Watts business exemplifies the potential of strategic business support in realizing entrepreneurial ambitions. GYEB and its founder, Lorenze LaNier, began their […]

Accelerating Community Growth at LA Trade Tech

In the teeming atmosphere of the LA Trade Tech Procurement Matchmaking Event, every handshake and exchange pulsated with the heartbeat of opportunity. Amid entrepreneurs eager to forge paths and partnerships, VSEDC found itself ideally at home, reproducing its enduring promise to uplift the community. VSEDC was instrumental in orchestrating this symphony of opportunities. Business & […]

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 […]

Bridging Banks and Communities

Banking fundamentally thrives on community engagement, yet the personal touch has faltered over time. It was not just about savings or loans; it involved a genuine effort to comprehend the needs of individuals and enterprises to boost their development. Presently, numerous small businesses feel disconnected and unsupported, overwhelmed by the consumer-driven model that has diminished […]

HBCU Bound: South LA Teen Tech Center Students Awarded UNCF Scholarships 

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 students were recently awarded scholarships from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in partnership with Best Buy. This prestigious award, open to just a […]


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