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Congratulations to the 2018 IC100 winners!

This year marked the 20th anniversary of our Inner City 100 awards, an occasion to recognize the fastest-growing small business in inner cities across the nation. Meet the winners.


The Authority on Inner Cities

Our mission at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City is to drive economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector investment to create jobs, income and wealth for local residents.

Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City is a national nonprofit research and advisory organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there.

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Inner cities are rich with opportunity. We help business, government and philanthropic leaders leverage local assets to transform communities. Our research and advisory team has helped to shape economic development strategies in more than twenty inner cities.

ICIC delivers the knowledge and the know-how to achieve sustainable economic and job growth.

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Support ICIC

Whether supporting one of our high-impact urban business programs or the entire organization, our partners know they are choosing to support an organization dedicated to transforming inner cities across the country. Our partners include Bank of America, Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, various foundations and individual donors.

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What is an Inner City?

Read Our Latest Research

They are distressed urban areas of concentrated poverty and unemployment. Take a peek at our rigorous definition of inner cities.

Inner city residents represent 10% of the population—that’s 32 million people. Nearly a quarter of the population living in poverty live in the inner city. Inner cities represent 16% of U.S. unemployment, 22% of U.S. poverty, and 32% of U.S. minority poverty.

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Events

October 1-2, 2018

IC100: Awards & Conference

Join us in Boston for the 20th anniversary of our annual IC100 Awards & Conference. In addition to honoring the fastest-growing inner city small businesses, we will for the first time ever be opening up our 20-years of unique small business data. REGISTER


Blog

10-16-18

Meet 2018’s fastest-growing inner city small businesses

Julie Kent

ICIC revealed the 100 fastest-growing inner city businesses in America at the 20th annual Inner City 100 Conference and Awards in Boston on October 1st and 2nd. The list, which seeks to celebrate and advance urban entrepreneurship, ranks companies by their growth rate during the previous five years. The 2018 winners employed 10,085 individuals in 2017, with ... Read More

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