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ICIC's 2022 Annual Conference

This year's Annual Conference brings together our dynamic network of program participants, alumni, and collaborators to celebrate the strength of the extraordinary entrepreneurs in our community who continue to persevere through the economic uncertainty brought on by the pandemic – and are still “Open for Business”. The conference marks the culmination of our Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program as well as the reveal of our annual Inner City 100 (IC100) awards, celebrating the 100 fastest-growing businesses in under-resourced communities across the country.


Tuition-free education for small businesses

Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is a 40-hour tuition-free leadership training program designed to help small businesses in under-resourced communities build capacity and resiliency for long-term sustainable growth.

Now accepting nominations and applications for 2022 program year on a rolling basis.


ICAN Launches Chapters in Boston and DC!

Are you an ICIC alum located in Boston or the DC/DMV area? Join us in person to celebrate the official launch of ICAN chapters in your city! Come enjoy a fun evening with complimentary food, drinks, and networking. The DMV mixer will take place on October 6th from 6-8pm at The Gathering Spot in DC, and Boston on October 20th from 4:30-7pm at Dona Habana. Register now to secure your spot!

Washington DC Boston

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.


Our 2021 Impact Report is Here!

This year, across our four urban business initiatives, we have served more than 3,000 businesses and entrepreneurs across 48 states, Puerto Rico, and five Canadian provinces. Their stories and the impacts of their participation have helped our organization remain inspired by our mission and emerge stronger.

Impact Report

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.

Learn how you can support ICIC’s work

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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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ICAN Advisory Board Spotlight: Tissini, Sion Tesone

Andre Ledgister

Mr. Tesone’s personal mission is to empower Hispanic women by creating sustainable, for-profit, social enterprises. In 2015, Mr. Tesone founded TISSINI, his second national platform company focused on offering US Hispanic women the opportunity to earn extra income via a simple social selling model. Says Mr. Tesone, “I am convinced that ... Read More


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