We Live, Stand And Build

With Our Community

Providing programs structured to revitalize the physical, economic and social life of the community of South Los Angeles.

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We'll give you the tools to get you in business.

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We'll help you maintain your business.

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Dollars provided in business loans
Success Stories
Workshops & Classes Held
Years in Business
Providing Resources to South LA 

Over 500 businesses have benefited from VSEDC

Our Mission:

VSEDC empowers our community to thrive through building wealth.

Success Stories

Launch of ShakeAlertLA

The ShakeAlertLA app can provide you with critical seconds of warning that an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent. Alerts are issued when an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 or larger is detected by a regional sensor network and shaking is expected to be felt in the Los Angeles area. We created this app because getting a few seconds heads-up can make a big difference if you need to pull to the side of the road, get out of an elevator, or drop, cover, and hold on.

CEO Joseph Rouzan standing with $25,000 check from Comerica
Connecting brands and ideas

Our Vision

We envision a South Los Angeles where entrepreneurs, youth and workers will have the tools, knowledge and opportunities to succeed in building vibrant neighborhoods, successful businesses and healthy, resilient families.

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Janene Haynes

Employee Spotlight

Janene Haynes

With a vivacious spirit and the tenacity to handle life’s toughest battles, Janene Haynes charted a path of excellence at Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC). As an Office Administrator, Janene joined VSEDC in 2017 through the Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN) program where she displayed dynamic skills that eventually resulted in a permanent position.   

Starting each day by strategizing with the executive team, Janene plays a pivotal role in ensuring that economic development resources pour into South Los Angeles. And while she enjoys the wide-range of programs and services that she’s tasked to help facilitate, the Los Angeles native holds one VSEDC program particularly near to her heart.

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