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Applications are now open for the 2022 Inner City 100 Awards!

We’re excited to announce that we’re accepting nominations and applications for the 2022 IC100 awards.

Every year since 1999, ICIC has identified and celebrated the 100 fastest-growing businesses in under-resourced communities across the nation. The Inner City 100 (IC100) awards are published annually and will be unveiled at ICIC’s Annual Conference in December 2022

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Tuition-free education for small businesses

Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is a 40-hour tuition-free leadership training program designed to help small businesses in under-resourced communities build capacity and resiliency for long-term sustainable growth.

Now accepting nominations and applications for 2022 program year on a rolling basis.


New Research on Small Business Technical Assistance

Helping small businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic is critical to ensuring a strong economic recovery. Since the start of the pandemic, small businesses have had to navigate a multitude of challenges. In this new report, we identify region-specific gaps in technical assistance systems as well as gaps that are likely to exist throughout the nation.


Our 2021 Impact Report is Here!

This year, across our four urban business initiatives, we have served more than 3,000 businesses and entrepreneurs across 48 states, Puerto Rico, and five Canadian provinces. Their stories and the impacts of their participation have helped our organization remain inspired by our mission and emerge stronger.

Impact Report

New Research Analyzes How the Pandemic Has Affected Business & Jobs

The third report in its series analyzing How the Coronavirus Recession and Recovery Have Affected Businesses and Jobs in the 100 Largest Metropolitan Areas summarizes the key findings of ICIC’s analysis of the most detailed and comprehensive information about what has happened to businesses and jobs in these metros from the onset of the pandemic. To download the full report and access the accompanying data dashboard visit the link below.


How For-Profit Companies Can Act as Anchor Institutions

Anchor institutions are large or otherwise influential organizations that participate in community engagement activities and have relatively deep roots in (are unlikely to move from) their communities. This report, made possible by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, explores the motivations and strategies of for-profit corporations’ engagement as anchor institutions with lower-income communities.


The Authority on Inner Cities

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

Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City is a national nonprofit research and advisory organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there.

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Inner cities are rich with opportunity. We help business, government and philanthropic leaders leverage local assets to transform communities. Our research team has helped to shape economic development strategies in more than twenty inner cities.

ICIC delivers the knowledge and the know-how to achieve sustainable economic and job growth.

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Support ICIC

Whether supporting one of our high-impact urban business programs or the entire organization, our partners know they are choosing to support an organization dedicated to transforming inner cities across the country. Our partners include Bank of America, Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, various foundations and individual donors.

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What is an Inner City?

Inner cities are distressed urban and suburban areas of concentrated poverty and low income. Inner city residents represent 14% of the population—that’s 45 million people. Of U.S. residents living in poverty, 31 percent live in inner cities.

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Growing Latinx-Owned Auto Repair Shop Drives Community Development


Maria Ureña is a nurse by profession, but these days, she’s the CEO of a full-service auto repair shop. It’s an unusual journey but one that Ureña says has been a natural evolution as she and her husband, Cesar, have built King Automotive Services Inc., into a thriving family-owned business in ... Read More


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