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How Cities Can Help Entrepreneurs of Color Scale Up

Written by Kim Zeuli and Kathleen O’Shea, ICIC

Written by Kim Zeuli and Kathleen Shea, ICIC. This blog was originally published on Governing. The structural challenges that entrepreneurs of color face are well-documented, and disparities in business ownership are stark: While minorities make up 38 percent of the U.S. population, only 19 percent of businesses are minority-owned. Minority-owned firms earn ... Read More


True to vision, true to community


Bo Menkiti, Founder and CEO of the Washington, DC-based The Menkiti Group, is in the business of real estate. Others who witness Bo’s work first-hand would say he’s in the business of transformation. Not only an alumnus of the ICCC program, Bo was the 2017 recipient of the Marcia Lamb Inner City Innovation Award, which recognizes visionary leadership at the forefront of creating positive change in urban economic development and inner cities. He also serves on the advisory board of our newly launched Inner City Alumni Network (ICAN). Read More


Relationships Fuel Growth for Thriving Woman-Owned Tech Consultancy


Karen Fleshman is a master networker. She excels at connecting products to people and executives to the resources they need to lead successful businesses. As founder and CEO of Haskins Advisory Group, Karen has grown her business from a one-woman show to a hardworking team of five. Since her first participation in ICCC, the business has grown its revenue by 69%, and she credits the program with setting herself up for future success. Read More

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