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Small Business Success Stories

PoetRoniGirl Vintage Designs

Like millions of kids growing up in the 70’s, Veronica loved to watch television family westerns like The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie. But while most [...]

July 11th, 2018|

Café Aficionado

June 29th, 2018|

During his time in the United States military, Reggie Cua discovered the many tastes and textures of coffee. His [...]

O & A Upholstery

April 30th, 2018|

Adriana Flores Estrada was laid off her full-time job. Instead of making a line at the unemployment office and [...]

Tyke Play

March 26th, 2018|

Meet Daniel Dorame, owner and founder of the newest indoor playground in Carpentersville, IL. […]

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The Cutting Edge with Capital One Cafés

May 16th, 2018|

This year, VEDC partnered with Capital One to provide workshops utilizing Capital One’s Cafés in Santa Monica, Glendale, and Downtown Los Angeles. The Cafés serve Peets® [...]


National Small Business Week 2018

April 27th, 2018|

We're celebrating National Small Business Week with the SBA starting April 29th! Every year the President declares the first week of May as a special time [...]

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Frequently-Asked Questions

Which states do you serve lending capital?

Currently, entrepreneurs in California and New York can receive lending capital from VEDC in the form of Microloans and Standard Business Loans. For business owners outside these locations, there is a national network of CDFIs able to provide financing and technical assistance.

How expensive are the workshops?

All technical assistance provided by VEDC and its training programs, including workshops and 1-on-1 consulting sessions, are completely free of charge to all entrepreneurs. Please note: Workshops hosted by affiliate organizations may require payment.

What is a CDFI?

A CDFI, or Community Development Financial Institution, are organizations dedicated to offering quality lending capital to minority and low-to-moderate income communities in the United States. CDFIs are privately owned and operated, and certified by the CDFI Fund at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Do you serve start-ups and new businesses?

VEDC offers support and assistance to all business owners, regardless of the amount of time their business has been in operation. If we are unable to provide training or lending capital due to geographic restrictions, we can directly refer you to one of many local institutions who can help you.

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