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11-02-17

Access to critical resources helps women-owned businesses grow in numbers and impact

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Representation of female entrepreneurs in the Inner City Capital Connections program has grown to 45% in recent years, and mirrors a larger trend in the growth of women entrepreneurs nationwide. The United States is seeing a continual increase of women creating new businesses and employment opportunities, with a 27 percent growth in women-owned businesses from 2007 to 2012. Read More


09-12-17

How one Harvard professor is sharing his knowledge with inner city business owners

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A key aspect of the Inner City Capital Connections program is executive education focused on capacity-building, which allows entrepreneurs an opportunity to receive high-quality training while running their businesses. The success of the program depends on the quality of the professors who have been recruited from leading business schools throughout the country. Of these educators, Steven Rogers is surely one of the most beloved. Now the most senior teacher in the ICCC program, Rogers considers himself a tenured faculty member. Read More


08-08-17

The plantain shop that grew into a pillar of the Roxbury community

ICIC

Tropical Foods, located in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, has been around since 1974. It was founded by Pastor Medina, an immigrant from Cuba, who originally rented a small location and sold only plantains. At the time, plantains were not widely known in the U.S., but the Hispanic clientele who shopped there took to calling the store “El Platanero,” a name some customers still use. However, Tropical Foods has grown considerably since its days as a plantain shop. Read More




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