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Small Business Resource Center: COVID-19 Crisis

As news about COVID-19 continues to evolve, we remain committed to supporting small businesses and driving inclusive economic prosperity. We know that small businesses, especially those in under-resourced communities, are likely to be hit the hardest, so we launched a resource center for our community.


Inner City Capital Connections Impact Report is Here

Impact matters, and we are extremely proud of what our alumni have accomplished. The report and overview are testaments of their hard work, grit, and determination. As they go from strength to strength, our alumni are helping drive inclusive prosperity in under-resourced communities across the nation.

For an in-depth look into our program’s impact, read our report.
For a statistical snapshot, read our overview.

Report Overview

The Authority on Inner Cities

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. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there.

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Work with ICIC

Inner cities 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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WATCH Stories of Resilience: IWI Fresh

Julie Kent

This story is the fourth in a series of Stories of Resilience that demonstrate the generosity, creativity and community-building spirit that countless ICIC alumni have shown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yowlanda Owens is the founder and owner of Atlanta-based Iwi Fresh, a farm-to-skin spa that sells products, offers services, and has ... Read More

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