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Responding to the George Floyd tragedy

Steve Grossman, ICIC

We have just witnessed in Minneapolis another in a seemingly endless series of grotesque, immoral examples of the bias, bigotry and racism that continue to afflict our society at virtually every level. Despite ICIC’s mission and vision to help create a level playing field for small businesses in our most under-resourced ... Read More


Stories of Resilience: How One Oakland Business is Delivering Hope in a Pandemic


Blaisdell’s Business Products has been delivering office supplies and support to communities for over 70 years. What originally started as a small retail shop has flourished into a multi-million dollar e-commerce business focused on supporting the needs of other local businesses. Blaisdell’s is woman-owned, family-operated, and certified green with a corporate ... Read More


Stories of Resilience: How a Flower Shop in Texas Helped Their Customers and Healthcare Workers Simultaneously


On a standard day at Lizzie Bee's Flower Shoppe outside of Dallas, Texas, you can find a team of people working side by side, laughing and celebrating each other while designing beautiful arrangements for their customers. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, the team at Lizzie Bee’s Flower Shoppe knew that “our normal was coming to a screeching halt, but we couldn't shake the need to feel a sense of togetherness, and to serve our community.”   Read More

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