Sherman Oaks, CA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has named the VEDC Women’s Business Center as its 2018 recipient of the Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award. A special gala for honorees is scheduled at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California, May 29th – one of several SBA events following National Small Business Week earlier in the month.
In making the announcement, SBA’s District Director Victor Parker singled out Ruth Garcia-Corrales, Director of the VEDC Women’s Business Center, for her accomplishments. “Your hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to your employees and community have helped you build an outstanding business that has strengthened California’s economy”, he said. “The SBA is pleased to celebrate your achievements and recognize your personal role in driving our nations’ economic growth.”
Created to promote the growth of woman-owned businesses, the VEDC Women’s Business Center offers a wide range of robust services, including one-on-one consulting, educational courses, workshops and training on a myriad of topics from how to write a small business plan to highly targeted marketing and sales strategies.
We’re honored to be recognized by the SBA for our efforts on behalf of women-owned small businesses in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas.
“We’re honored to be recognized by the SBA for our efforts on behalf of women-owned small businesses in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas,” said Garcia-Corrales. “Our team is dedicated to maintaining strong ties in the community, listening carefully to the needs of entrepreneurs, and then responding with practical, real-world training and services they can put to work in their enterprises right away. Above all, it’s gratifying to see so many of our clients are flourishing in their categories and hiring people from within the community.”
VEDC is renowned for its work in under-served communities by providing much needed resources, knowledge and access to capital. “Simply put, our job is to be as passionate about helping our small business clients succeed as they are,” said Garcia-Corrales. “After all, the community is full of wonderful success stories about women who simply needed an opportunity to get their ideas off the ground. We’re here to do everything we can to give them that opportunity.”
To learn more about the VEDC Women’s Business Center, as well as the many programs and services offered by VEDC to assist minority and women entrepreneurs, call 1-800-304-1755 or go to vedc.org.
VEDC works to create and sustain jobs and businesses in California, Illinois, and New York by making high-quality small business development services more available, sustainable and impactful. As a non-profit CDFI and small business lender with community-based loan funds and unique technical assistance programs, VEDC supports minority and low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs with powerful lending solutions and educational resources.