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Teresa Montaño came to The Women’s Business Center seeking information on how to create her dream. After working in the food industry for many years—including positions at Border [...]

February 25th, 2019|

Anna’s Cleaning Service

January 20th, 2019|

Anna Moreno, owner of Anna’s Cleaning Service, came to the North Valley BusinessSource Center in July 2018, seeking assistance [...]

Freaky Fruit Pizza

November 17th, 2018|

Will Claybrooks came to the Watts Entrepreneur Business Accelerator (WEBA) with a determination to succeed. He is the creator [...]

SketchPup Custom Pet Pictures

October 27th, 2018|

In February 2018, Kellin Esquivel-Gunn decided to quit her job and dedicate herself to developing her business, Sketch Pup! [...]

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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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