Annual Conference

The Annual Conference is our premier annual event for thousands of small business leaders from across North America. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with close to 1,000 small business owners, economic development practitioners, thought leaders, major corporate stakeholders, policymakers, community partners, and more to reinforce growth strategies and build solidarity with BIPOC-, woman-, and other diverse-owned entrepreneurs across the U.S. and Canada. This year’s conference is in person for the first time since 2019 thanks to the generous support of our sponsors.

You’re invited to warm up this winter as we REFLECT on our shared history as ICIC celebrates 30 years, REUNITE with peers new and old as we toast 25 years of the Inner City 100 Awards, and RENEW our commitment to the mission, vision, and values that have helped more than 8,000 small businesses in 56 states and territories thrive since 1994!

Conference Highlights

  • Homecoming Welcome Reception at Cerveceria La Tropical
  • Massage and Zumba Wellness Sessions
  • Meet-and-greet sessions with keynote speakers
  • “Shark Tank”-Style Pitch Competition
  • Alumni Speaker Contest
  • Inner City 100 Awards Ceremony
  • Business Growth Marketplace
  • Food-based entrepreneurs breakout track, hosted by Santander, the presenting sponsor of the conference



ICIC drives inclusive economic prosperity in under-resourced communities through innovative research and programs to create jobs, income, and wealth for local residents.


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Roxbury MA 02119
Phone: 617-238-1740

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