Our Resilience

Our Resilience

After a difficult transition in executive leadership, we came together. Echoing sentiments of the Latino community at the time of our founding, we shared a message. “We’re here. And we’re not going anywhere.”

Our resilience was tested. With resolve, we found our footing.

Anchored by the strength of each other, the goodwill of our partners, and the support of our funders, we put the dreams of our community first.

CENTER: LEDC’s Executive Director Gustavo Velasquez and Board Chair Noralisa Leo

Who We Are

We come from different walks of life. We’re small business coaches, tenant organizers, housing counselors, and loan officers – supported by passionate administrative staff.

In 2013, LEDC staff influenced the direction of housing and small business policy in the District of Columbia and Montgomery County. Bringing local expertise to the development of new comprehensive housing strategies and plans to improve policy and regulatory frameworks for small businesses, LEDC helped level the playing field for residents and entrepreneurs.

TOP: In September, a diverse group of entrepreneurs received technology hardware and software to better compete in the digital economy thanks to LEDC and the DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

BOTTOM: Small businesses, nonprofits, and government representatives participated in the Small Business Policy Project to develop recommendations on how to address barriers to the success of small and micro businesses in the District. The project was a collaboration between Citi Community Development, the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, and the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.