Here is a list of nonprofit groups that foster business development in the Valley: Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; (818) 379-7000. A private, nonprofit development and marketing collaborative, the Economic Alliance provides business-retention counseling and promotes trade and community planning. Valley Economic Development Center 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Third Floor, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; (818) 907-9977. Founded in 1976, the community-based nonprofit corporation offers training, consulting, technical assistance and financing to small and medium-size businesses. Valley International Trade Association 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 200, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403; (818) 379-7000. A nonprofit, membership-supported educational association, VITA presents luncheons, seminars and workshops about international trade. Valley Industry and Commerce Association 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 203, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, (818) 817-0545. Established in 1949 as the Industrial Association of the San Fernando Valley, the group now known as VICA is widely considered one of the most influential business-advocacy organizations in Southern California. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!