Empowering People
& Revitalizing the Community

Entrepreneurial Development  Training Program

The Entrepreneurial Development Training Program (EDTP) is at the core of   LAEDA's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (LCEDS) and is LAEDA's primary strategy for Empowering Individuals

As part of LCEDS, EDTP serves as the pipeline of new businesses coming into the marketplace. These businesses are selected with an eye towards the market needs in the various commercial districts around the city as developed by the CDRI and LBSC programs.
 
Entrepreneurial Development Training Program (EDTP) is created to provide an alternate route to gainful employment for economically disadvantaged individuals through the establishment of their own business. Since its inception in 1990, 67 classes have been held and over 887 graduates have created 506 businesses and 1,169 jobs.
 
Business creation has been in all number of industries, they include: construction firms, cleaning services, day care centers, hair salons, computer sales and services, clothing manufacturing, specialty retailers, office support services, bakeries, restaurants, and so many more. Chances are you have done business with one of our graduates!
 
Take the Business Readiness Quiz below under the "Are You Ready to Start a Business" tab.  If you're ready apply online today. 

2013 Program Achievements
When it comes to business any accountant will tell you the story can be found in the numbers. This holds true for EDTP and the impressive track record it has developed since its first session in 1990. Below is EDTP's Program Impact Tally Sheet for 2013 and counting...
  • Number of Sessions Held: 67
  • Number Started Training: 1,018
  • Number Graduates: 887
  • Percentage Graduated: 87%
  • Total Business Creation: 506
  • Percentage Business Creation: 62%
  • Total Still In Business: 316
  • Total Employment Creation: 1.169