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Why We March: Entrepreneurship program exec says demonstrations are long overdue

Shafaq Patel, Boston Business Journal

This article originally appeared in the Boston Business Journal on June 12, 2020 and was written by Shafaq Patel  Marynee Pontes, the lead program coordinator at Boston-based entrepreneurship nonprofit Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, was hesitant to participate in the protests at first. Pontes, 26, who is also a board ... Read More


Join ICIC’s Day of Action

Steve Grossman, ICIC

We’re deeply respectful of the ways in which each of you has dealt with the pain and despair of the past two weeks during which we’ve witnessed the bias, bigotry, and racism that continue to afflict our society.  We’re proud of the millions who have protested, demonstrated and expressed solidarity ... Read More


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

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