We Put Our Experience to Work for Our Partners

To learn more about how you can support ICIC, email Matt Camp, President and Chief Operating Officer.

Our corporate, foundation, and municipal partners have one thing in common: a commitment to enabling inner cities and small businesses to thrive. ICIC brings a unique set of capabilities to our role as a partner and advisor: we apply two decades of path-breaking research and experience designing and partnering on national small business growth programs. Our work with institutions and foundations helps advance knowledge of inner city economies and the economic strategies that inform successful urban policy. ICIC collaborates with corporate partners  to increase inner city economic vitality by creating shared value with their communities. We help them identify market opportunities, potential vendors, investments and public sector allies that are often invisible to their competitors.



Goldman Sachs
ICIC leads the application and selection process for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a $500 million investment to help small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital, and business support services.


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Staples, Inc. 
Staples and ICIC provide high growth, urban small businesses with management education and resources to fuel their growth through the Inner City 100 program. Together we developed the Inner City 100 Staples Business Growth Award to recognize firm performance and co-create a workshop for entrepreneurs in a different market each year.

JPMorgan Chase 
ICIC is a proud partner of JPMorgan Chase’s Small Business Forward (SBF) initiative, a five-year, $75 million commitment that connects underserved small businesses with the capital, targeted technical solutions, and networks they need to grow and succeed. We annually evaluate SBF to capture the program’s impact, and our research supported by JPMorgan Chase continues to inform the initiative’s strategic direction.

Chevron Corporation
Chevron Corporation supports ICIC’s longstanding entrepreneurship program, the Inner City 100, and our annual analysis of urban small business. Chevron and ICIC celebrate shared value in the co-creation and presentation of the Dorothy Terrell Community Impact Award, which honors  the Inner City 100 company with the greatest impact on its community and workforce.


Bank of America
Bank of America and ICIC co-created the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program to uncover untapped investment opportunities. ICCC is the only program of its kind, focused on teaching small businesses in economically distressed areas how to raise capital and facilitate connections with interested investors. Through a decade-long partnership, Bank of America and ICIC have identified 1,136 companies in 336 cities around the country, who have raised over $1.3 billion in capital and created over 11,000 jobs.







ICIC is grateful for the generosity of our partners, who provide funding to support ICIC’s mission.

The following contributed $25,000 or more to ICIC in 2016 and 2017.


Bank of America

Barbara & Amos Hostetter


The Boston Foundation


The Edgerley Family Foundation

Edward Jones

Goldman Sachs

JPMorgan Chase

Judy Pagliuca

Michael E. Porter

Pershing Square Capital Management

Protective Life Foundation



The Rockefeller Foundation


St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce


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