Opening Seminar

The ICCC Opening Seminar is a full-day training seminar where professors from top-flight universities provide lectures and best practices in topics including strategy, sales & marketing, talent recruitment and management, and entrepreneurial finance. Our professors break down these concepts into comprehensive and applicable practices that business owners are able to implement the following day.

“I’ve participated in numerous business and educational sessions, but none as informative and impactful as this one. I immediately put into action some of the teachings and recommendations from the [Opening Seminar].” Helen Crawley-Austin, CEO, Beyond Consulting Solutions, 2018 Chicago Participant.

The Opening Seminar includes a Working Lunch designed for participants to discuss and unpack their main takeaways from the lectures with capital providers and consultants. It is also an opportunity for participants to brainstorm around their key business challenges in a small, structured group setting with fellow participants.

“[ICCC] showed me where we need to be stronger. It also validated our direction, and we gained valuable tidbits we did not know about! I would have attended for 2 days if it meant we had more time to ask more questions.” Amsterdam Falafel Shop, 2017 ICCC D.C. Participant

The Opening Seminar also includes a Capital Panel. The panel includes a variety of capital providers such as Community Fund Development Institutions (CDFIs) and bank lenders, equity investors, non-traditional lenders, and impact investors. Panelists provide with key insights on the nature of funds offered and how to access them.


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