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Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC)

The ICCC program is a free, 40-hour “mini-MBA” program designed to help small businesses in under-resourced communities build capacity for long-term sustainable growth. The ICCC program will have 13 cohorts across the country and in Canada in 2023, hosting in-person and virtual events, including a National Cohort sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and a virtual cohort completely in Spanish.

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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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Celebrating AAPI Month

In keeping with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month theme of “Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity” from the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), ICIC is highlighting AAPI-owned businesses that are seizing opportunities to advance leaders and research aimed at growing awareness to generate more opportunities in the AAPI community.

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Building for Growth

Building for Growth (BFG) is a national, online tuition-free executive education program that helps BIPOC- and woman-owned construction contractors build capacity and develop sustainable growth strategies that position their businesses to increase revenues and profits. In 2023, ICIC is running two BFG cohorts: a Western Region cohort (April 25 start date) and a National cohort (July 26 start date).

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ICAN Atlanta Strategic Alliance Seminar & Breakfast

Atlanta Inner City Alumni Network (ICAN) members, join local business owners and ecosystem partners for this dynamic Strategic Alliance Building Seminar led by renowned professor Dr. Susan Perkins.


Apply & Nominate for the 2023 Inner City 100 Awards!

We’re excited to announce that we’re now accepting applications and nominations for the 25th annual IC100 awards.
Every year since 1999, ICIC has identified and celebrated the 100 fastest-growing businesses in under-resourced communities across the nation. The Inner City 100 (IC100) awards are published annually and will be unveiled during the Awards Ceremony at the ICIC Annual Conference in December 2023.
Questions? Email us at InnerCity100@icic.org.

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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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Final Research Report Analyzing COVID 19 Recession & Recovery

The fourth and final in its series, How the Coronavirus Recession and Recovery Have Affected Businesses and Jobs in the 100 Largest Metropolitan Areas, this report summarizes the key findings of Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)’s analysis of the most detailed and comprehensive information about what has happened to businesses and jobs in these metros from the onset of the pandemic. To download the full report and access the accompanying data dashboard visit the link below.


How For-Profit Companies Can Act as Anchor Institutions

Anchor institutions are large or otherwise influential organizations that participate in community engagement activities and have relatively deep roots in (are unlikely to move from) their communities. This report, made possible by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, explores the motivations and strategies of for-profit corporations’ engagement as anchor institutions with lower-income communities.


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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Strategic Alliances Networking Session

Atlanta Inner City Alumni Network (ICAN) members are invited to a Strategic Alliance Seminar and Breakfast.

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Anna Maria Florio, ICCC Philadelphia 2021 Alum: Bringing People to the Table 

Jasmine Martin

Anna Maria Florio creates harmony in her demonstration kitchen, La Cucina at the Market. An alum from the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Philadelphia 2021 cohort, Florio mixes ingredients and community building to create a thriving business that brings people together. From corporate bonding events to couples’ pasta-making classes and bridesmaids’ parties, Florio helps folks in her kitchen work together. Read More


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