Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation to Host Annual Partner Appreciation Blender


Venerable nonprofit honors four exemplary partners
contributed to the revitalization of South LA

LOS ANGELES, September 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation will host the annual Partners Appreciation Mixer on friday september 9 at The Conference Room restaurant in Playa Vista. Attendees will include key VSEDC partners, including corporate, foundation, and banking partners, as well as other community leaders who have supported VSEDC’s programs, services, and CDFI.

The Vermont Slauson Economic Development Center has served small businesses and entrepreneurs in South Los Angeles for forty years. (PRNewsfoto/Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation)

During the event, VSEDC will honor four partners who have made extraordinary contributions to South Los Angeles, including Jack Olree with Wells Fargo for “Banking Partner of the Year”; Senator Steve Bradford of California Senate District 35 for “Government Partner of the Year”; Corie Barry with Best Buy for “Foundation Partner of the Year”; and Ted Sarandos with Netflix for “Business Partner of the Year”. Additionally, VSEDC will award Wah Gwaan Jamaican Kitchen & Bar – VSEDC client – ​​as “Outstanding Business of the Year”.

“VSEDC is honored to have the support of so many generous partners who are committed to supporting South Los Angelesincluding our small businesses, youth and our community,” says VSEDC CEO, Joseph T. Rouzan, III. “For too long our community has been neglected and underserved, but our partners say they are renewed in their commitment to creating an economically sustainable and prosperous region.”

Based in the heart of South LA, VSEDC has served minority and women-owned small businesses in the area for over 41 years. The non-profit organization works to create an equitable future and a thriving local economy through one-on-one technical assistance and economic development services. In 2018, VSEDC became a non-traditional CDFI lender with a revolving loan fund to inject capital into the local economy. VSEDC’s Affordable Small Business Loans provide needed funds to businesses that have historically been ineligible for loans from traditional lenders, such as banks.

Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC) is a non-profit community development and financial institution (CDFI) recognized for decades of technical and entrepreneurial assistance to small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs in South Los Angeles. The service provided by VSEDC serves to stimulate community self-sufficiency, facilitate business growth, access to affordable housing, goods and services, and job creation. VSEDC achieves this through youth education and entrepreneurship projects, CDFI programs, and fundraising efforts. Learn more about VSEDC at, Facebook and instagram.



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