Know Before You Go

The highly-anticipated 2023 ICIC Annual Conference is rapidly approaching! The Annual Conference is our premier annual event for hundreds of small business leaders from across North America. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with 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. Here’s what you need to know before you go!

Agenda Highlights

The agenda spans two days, December 11 and 12

Monday, December 11

Hyatt Regency Miami (Japengo Room)

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Wellness Sessions

Your health is a critical component of your business’s health. Your business thrives on your vision, passion, and leadership. Join Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alum Healing Hands, for an energizing Zumba mini-session or a relaxing chair massage to help invigorate you before the conference begins.

Join the Zumba Session

Cerveceria La Tropical, 42 NE 25th St., Wynwood, Miami, FL 33137

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Homecoming Welcome Reception

Join us as we kick off the conference, reuniting with peers and partners from across North America at Cerveceria La Tropical. William Porro, Assistant Director for the Office of Innovation & Economic Development for Mayor Daniella Levine Cave, will share welcome remarks. Live music from MannySwagg and salsa from the Karibe Dance Group will provide entertainment while you network and enjoy delicious treats and drinks.

Tuesday, December 12

Hyatt Regency Miami

7:00 a.m. | Registration and Breakfast

Pick up your name badge and conference materials in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency. Then, enjoy networking over a tasty breakfast in the Lower Promenade.

8:00 a.m. | Welcome Remarks by ICIC CEO Steve Grossman

ICIC’s CEO, Steve Grossman, will deliver welcome remarks to start our full day of events, including keynote speeches from Christina DeLay, Head of Small Business and CSR for Santander, the conference presenting sponsor; Alberto Perlman, CEO and co-founder, Zumba Fitness, LLC; Ingrid Hoffmann, Author and Host of Top Chef Estrellas; alumni keynote speeches from TJ Douglas, founder and CEO of Drink Progressively Group and founder of The Urban Grape; and the winners of the Alumni Speaker Contest; breakout sessions; the Kinder, Gentler “Shark Tank”-Style Pitch Competition; keynote speaker meet-and-greet sessions; Santander’s Cultivate Small Business Fall 2023 Graduation; and exploring the Business Growth Marketplace.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Closing Reception and Inner City 100 Awards Ceremony

The culminating event of the conference, we will celebrate the 25th year of the Inner City 100 Awards list, by honoring the 100 fastest-growing small businesses in under-resourced communities to make the list in 2023.


Wellness Sessions
Hyatt Regency Miami
Japengo Room

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni Gathering
Building 8 Miami Dade College
315 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132

Homecoming Welcome Reception
Cerveceria La Tropical
42 NE 25th St.
Wynwood, Miami FL 33137

Main Conference Venue
Hyatt Regency Miami
400 South East Second Avenue
Miami, FL 33131

Alumni Speaker Contest

For the very first time, ICIC alumni had the opportunity to compete for a keynote speaking slot at the Annual Conference! We received 40 submissions, and after three rounds of votes from ICIC alumni leaders and the public, we’re thrilled to announce our contest winners: Amber Lawson, Principal, Aspire Construction & Design, and Brittany Raji Alberty, Founder, The Marketing Midwife.

Our contest winners will join TJ Douglas, Founder and CEO of Drink Progressively Group, in delivering TED-style keynote speeches.

Plan Your Travel and Accommodations

To enjoy all the conference offerings, plan to arrive by noon on Monday, December 11, and depart no earlier than Wednesday, December 13.

Conference Venue:

  • The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency. A limited number of discounted rooms are available at the venue. Click here to view accommodation options in the ICIC room block.

Additional hotel options within walking distance of the venue:

Win Exclusive Prizes!

Be sure to visit the Business Growth Marketplace (BGM), featuring dynamic tradeshow-style booths hosted by a diverse array of ICIC alumni businesses, ecosystem partners, and conference sponsors. This is your opportunity to discover new businesses from across the country, make strategic connections, meet potential collaborators, and explore the many products and services that will be showcased. The Business Growth Marketplace will take place from 1:15-5:00 p.m. on December 12, right outside the Regency Ballroom.


Pick up your Business Growth Marketplace passport at registration and collect ten (10) stamps to be entered into an exclusive drawing for a special prize.

1. Visit our Business Growth Marketplace right outside the Regency Ballroom.

2. Explore the diverse offerings of our business exhibitors and collect one stamp per table along the way.

3. Collect ten (10) stamps, and you can enter the exclusive drawing for cool BGM swag!


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