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2023 ICIC Annual Conference

Get ready to Reflect, Reunite, and Renew in sunny Miami, December 11-12. This year's event is nearly sold out! Attendees can look forward to a Homecoming Welcome Reception at Cerveceria La Tropical followed by a full day of content, including keynote addresses from Christina DeLay, Head of Small Business and CSR for Santander, the conference presenting sponsor; Alberto Perlman, CEO and co-founder, Zumba Fitness, LLC; Ingrid Hoffman, Author and Host of Top Chef Estrellas; and alumni keynote speeches from TJ Douglas, founder and CEO of Drink Progressively Group and founder of The Urban Grape; and two winners of the Alumni Speaker Contest!

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2023 Holiday Gift Guide

We are delighted to present our annual Holiday Gift Guide, featuring more than 300 alumni and current participants of ICIC’s programs, including Building for Growth, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Inner City 100 Award winners, Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC), Santander’s Cultivate Small Business, and more! We hope this directory helps you find the perfect gifts for celebrating the holiday season while supporting small businesses across North America. Happy holidays and happy shopping!

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Breaking the Glass Bottleneck

Grove Impact and ICIC released a first-of-its-kind report that documents the many constraints Black and Hispanic real estate developers face and demonstrates the enormous economic potential in removing these barriers. "Breaking the Glass Bottleneck: The Economic Potential of Black and Hispanic Real Estate Developers and the Constraints They Face" explores how catalyzing greater diversity in the real estate industry could address long standing inequities.

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The Economics of Land Usage in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Since 2022, ICIC has conducted research sponsored by the Saint Paul Port Authority to demonstrate the ongoing importance of light industrial uses to the city’s economy.

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Our 2022 Impact Report is Here!

In this year’s report, you’ll read many success stories about businesses of different sizes in various industries. While each is unique, all illustrate the power of partnership, the importance of collaboration, and the impact of ICIC in communities across America. ICIC’s partners have endured monumental challenges in recent years, and have overcome them. We’re proud to deliver reports about many fantastic companies open for business—and growing.

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The Authority on Inclusive Economic Prosperity

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) drives inclusive economic prosperity in under-resourced communities through innovative research and programs 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. under-resourced economies and the businesses that thrive there.

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Work with ICIC

Underserved communities are rich with opportunity. We help business, government and philanthropic leaders leverage local assets to transform communities. Our research 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?

Inner cities are distressed urban and suburban areas of concentrated poverty and low income. Inner city residents represent 14% of the population—that’s 45 million people. Of U.S. residents living in poverty, 31 percent live in inner cities.

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2023 Annual Conference

Join us for our premier annual event for hundreds of small business leaders from across North America.

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Riveo Creative: A Journey of Growth, Purpose, and Positive Impact


Elin Barton's entrepreneurial journey with White Knight Productions, now rebranded as Riveo Creative, is a tale of resilience, growth, and purpose-driven impact. Faced with the challenge of expanding nationally in 2015, Elin turned to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, overcoming a setback with determination and completing the program. Years later, her pursuit of social impact led to a transformative experience with the ICCC program, inspiring a partnership between ICIC and Riveo Creative. Believing in the power of connections, Elin has fostered a community of entrepreneurs for nearly a decade. In 2023, Riveo Creative embraced a renewed purpose, aligning with ICIC's values of diversity and sustainability, and amplifying the voices of small businesses and communities. The journey continues as Riveo Creative takes intentional steps toward a future of exponential positive impact, celebrating shared success in community empowerment. Read More


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