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2023 ICIC Annual Conference

Get ready to Reflect, Reunite, and Renew in sunny Miami, Florida, December 11-12. This is your chance to join us in celebrating the incredible success and unwavering resilience of small business owners in the face of societal challenges and economic uncertainties. Register today to join us for this unforgettable event!

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Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC)

The ICCC program is a free, 40-hour “mini-MBA” program designed to help small businesses in under-resourced communities build capacity for long-term sustainable growth. The ICCC program will have 13 cohorts across the country and in Canada in 2023, hosting in-person and virtual events, including a National Cohort sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and a virtual cohort completely in Spanish.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is a time to recognize the rich cultural contributions that Hispanic Americans have brought to our society. This year’s theme of Building Prosperous and Healthy Communities is a powerful call to action, and we are proud to highlight Hispanic alumni who have made a significant impact in promoting economic growth within their communities through their hard work and dedication.


ICAN Alumni Social

Inner City Alumni Network (ICAN) members are invited to join fellow alums from your local chapter at an Alumni Networking Socials. Join us for an evening of connecting with entrepreneurs, exchanging ideas, and enjoying delicious complimentary food and drinks!


Breaking the Glass Bottleneck

Grove Impact and ICIC released a first-of-its-kind report that documents the many constraints Black and Hispanic real estate developers face and demonstrates the enormous economic potential in removing these barriers. "Breaking the Glass Bottleneck: The Economic Potential of Black and Hispanic Real Estate Developers and the Constraints They Face" explores how catalyzing greater diversity in the real estate industry could address long standing inequities.

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The Economics of Land Usage in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Since 2022, ICIC has conducted research sponsored by the Saint Paul Port Authority to demonstrate the ongoing importance of light industrial uses to the city’s economy.

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Our 2022 Impact Report is Here!

In this year’s report, you’ll read many success stories about businesses of different sizes in various industries. While each is unique, all illustrate the power of partnership, the importance of collaboration, and the impact of ICIC in communities across America. ICIC’s partners have endured monumental challenges in recent years, and have overcome them. We’re proud to deliver reports about many fantastic companies open for business—and growing.

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The Authority on Inclusive Economic Prosperity

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (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. under-resourced economies and the businesses that thrive there.

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Work with ICIC

Underserved communities 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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ICAN Alumni Networking Social

Inner City Alumni Network (ICAN) members are invited to join us for a networking social with your local chapter.

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ICCC New Jersey: Governor Murphy’s Leadership Drives Successful Partnerships


The Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program in New Jersey has achieved significant success by forging partnerships with key stakeholders. Governor Phil Murphy's endorsement and support, along with collaborations with organizations like Santander Bank and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), have driven a 40% increase in attendance for the program, making it the largest in-person gathering in several years. These partnerships aim to empower women and minority small business owners, aligning with the program's mission to provide valuable executive leadership training and resources for sustainable growth. ICCC plans to expand its successful model to other states in the future, focusing on innovative programming to support small businesses. Read More


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