We Put Our Experience to Work for Our Partners

To learn more about how you can support ICIC, please email Liz Pugh, Director of Development.

Our corporate, foundation, and individual partners have one thing in common: an unwavering commitment to helping inner cities and small businesses thrive. ICIC brings a unique set of capabilities to our role as a partner and advisor: we apply more than two decades of pioneering research and experience designing and implementing national small business growth programs. Our work with institutions and foundations helps advance knowledge of inner city economies and the strategies that inform successful urban policy. ICIC collaborates with corporate partners to increase inner city economic vitality by creating shared value with their communities. We help them identify market opportunities, potential vendors, investments, and public sector allies to achieve their vision and objectives.



Goldman Sachs
ICIC leads the application and selection process for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a $500 million investment to help small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital, and business support services.

Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente has partnered with ICIC on our Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program to realize Kaiser’s vision for improved wellness outcomes through economic empowerment.

Santander Bank
Santander and ICIC have partnered together to launch Cultivate Small Business, an innovative new program linking small business resources to a regional cluster, designed to help early-stage entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods build and sustain their businesses, with a focus on women-, minority-, and immigrant-owned businesses in food-related industries. Santander also partners with ICIC on other Urban Business Initiatives, including the Inner City 100 and the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program, in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York.

Bank of America
Bank of America and ICIC co-created the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program in 2005, which is now offered in more than 10 cities throughout the United States. ICCC is the only program of its kind, focused on teaching small businesses in economically-distressed areas how to raise capital and facilitate connections with interested investors. As a result of their long-term partnership, Bank of America and ICIC have helped more than one thousand companies in cities around the country, raising over $1.9 billion in capital and creating nearly 20,000 jobs.

Chevron Corporation
Chevron Corporation supports ICIC’s longstanding entrepreneurship program, the Inner City 100, and our annual analysis of urban small business. Chevron and ICIC celebrate shared value in the co-creation and presentation of the Dorothy Terrell Community Impact Award, which honors  the Inner City 100 company with the greatest impact on its community and workforce.   

FedEx has partnered with ICIC to create a robust Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) site in Memphis, helping FedEx realize its vision for empowering entrepreneurs and creating employment pathways for the underserved. FedEx also partners with ICIC on the Inner City 100 program that recognizes and celebrates fast-growing companies whose success illuminates the competitive advantages of locating within the inner city.

JPMorgan Chase
ICIC is a proud partner of JPMorgan Chase’s Small Business Forward (SBF) initiative, a five-year, $75 million commitment that connects underserved small businesses with the capital, targeted technical solutions, and networks they need to grow and succeed. We evaluate SBF annually to capture the program’s impact, and our research supported by JPMorgan Chase continues to inform the initiative’s strategic direction.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has partnered with ICIC to bring its Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program to Greater Hartford. This effort builds upon the Hartford Foundation’s work to create economic opportunities by promoting entrepreneurship, particularly for women and minorities who often struggle to grow their business, and to cultivate greater opportunities for local residents to access career pathways that provide self-sustaining wages.    

With Regions’ support, ICIC has brought the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program to Birmingham, Memphis, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, and Atlanta over the last several years. By providing local entrepreneurs with access to capital, education, and resources for growth, Regions is helping create shared value by strengthening inner city small business ecosystems throughout the areas they serve.

AmerisourceBergen and The AmerisourceBergen Foundation have partnered with ICIC on our Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program to drive inclusive economic growth and provide capacity building for health care focused businesses.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 
With a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ICIC is conducting research in small and midsize cities to explore the impacts, strategies, and motivations of companies related to economic development and gentrification in low-income communities as well as those related directly to health outcomes. This research will inform RWJF’s exploration into the ways that for-profit companies can potentially act as anchor institutions in their communities and also influence other companies and industries by their social impact efforts.

Vizient’s support of ICIC’s Inner City Capital Connections program helps ensure that small business owners in cities around the country will receive effective executive training, coaching/mentoring, and access to capital. Vizient, the largest Group Purchasing Organization in the United States, began its partnership with ICIC in 2018, in the hopes of bringing ICCC’s unique program model to small businesses within its network of more than 1600 members.

Catholic University of America, The Busch School of Business and Economics
Catholic University’s Busch School of Business and Economics has helped ICIC bring the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program to Washington D.C. for the first time, while also pioneering a first-in-the-nation model that incorporates student participation. The partnership is part of a project the university has been incubating to develop enterprise solutions to poverty. Connecting small business owners with business students will bring a new dimension to ICCC while expanding its impact in the Washington D.C. community.      


ICIC is also deeply grateful to its partners for their generous support of our mission. The following contributed $25,000 or more during the past two years:

The Abell Foundation

Appleton Partners, Inc.


Barbara & Amos Hostetter

Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation

Berkshire Bank

Blackstone Consulting

Boston Consulting Group

The Boston Foundation

Cardinal Health

Center for Financial Services Innovation

The Coleman Foundation

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

The Edgerley Family Foundation

Edward Jones

Epicenter Memphis

Ernst & Young

Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission

John Hancock

Kessler Family Foundation

Kresge Foundation


LISC / New Markets Support Company

Lovett-Woodsum Foundation, Inc.

MassMutual Foundation

Judy Pagliuca

Pershing Square Capital Management

Michael E. Porter

Rose International

St. Louis Regional Chamber

Susan Schiro and Peter Manus


The American City Coalition (TACC)

University of Washington

World Business Chicago

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