Our Vision

Enriching communities by making small business dreams a reality.

Our Mission

To create and sustain jobs and businesses in our communities by providing high-quality small business development services.

Our History

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ounded in 1976, VEDC is trusted by loan clients, banks that refer clients, and funders across the United States as a vital source of capital for small business loans and micro-financing. VEDC’s goal is to create and sustain jobs and small businesses in the communities it serves. The nonprofit VEDC has earned a reputation for helping small businesses unable to qualify for traditional bank financing. Offering individualized service and reasonable costs, VEDC has loaned more than $400 million to 108,000-plus small businesses and created more than 200,000 jobs.

The Valley Economic Development Center, originally known as Vitalize Van Nuys Inc., today has operations across the United States. In addition to headquarters in Los Angeles, VEDC locations include offices in California, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, Utah, and the New York Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut).

2016 Annual Report

Every year, we highlight the work we've done to grow small business all over the country.

Meet Our Board

Our dedicated board members help keep us strong and secure.
Nishen Radia
Nishen Radia

Chairman

Focal Point Partners

Scott Aney
Scott Aney

Vice-Chairman

City National Bank

Anne Williams
Anne Williams

Secretary

California United Bank

Ariel Berrios
Ariel Berrios

Treasurer

Buchalter Nemer

Pegi Matsuda
Pegi Matsuda

Immediate Past Chair

Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Ron Meraz
Ron Meraz

Southwest UBS Financial Services

Byron K. Reed
Byron K. Reed

Wells Fargo Bank

Manuel A. Rosales
Manuel A. Rosales

Verissimo Global

Dutch Ross
Dutch Ross

Economic Resources Corporation

Shala Tavakoli
Shala Tavakoli

Travelers Insurance

Leandro Tyberg
Leandro Tyberg

Primestor Development

Ray Vasquez
Ray Vasquez

Bank of America, N.A.

Jose Villalobos
Jose Villalobos

Telacu Industries

Clarence Williams
Clarence Williams

California Capital

Mayumi Young
Mayumi Young

Inspire Innovation Co.

John Marquis
John Marquis

Emeritus

Walt Mosher
Walt Mosher

Emeritus

Marvin Selter
Marvin Selter

Emeritus (posthumously)

Mel Kohn
Mel Kohn

Emeritus (posthumously)

Meet Our Executive Management

Our management team is committed to providing the highest-quality assistance to small business.
Roberto Barragan
Roberto Barragan

President & CEO

Robert Lopez
Robert Lopez

Chief Operating Officer

Robert Dennen
Robert Dennen

Chief Financial Officer

Alex Guerrero
Alex Guerrero

Senior VP of External Affairs

Warren Cooley
Warren Cooley

VP of Special Projects

Angela Stanislawski
Angela Stanislawski

VP of Administration and Programs

Lynn Fernandez
Lynn Fernandez

VP of Lending

OC Isaac
OC Isaac

VP of National Strategic Initiatives

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