Inner City Capital Connections


About ICCC

Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is a tuition-free executive leadership training program designed by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to help business owners in under-resourced communities build capacity for sustainable growth and resiliency as well as survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I can’t wait to get back and start to reorganize and build structure for my employees and have a better customer satisfaction.”

Horchateria Rio Luna, 2017 ICCC Los Angeles Participant

Since 2005, our program has evolved to meet the changing needs of small business owners across the nation. We know that small businesses, especially those in under-resourced communities, have been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 crisis, and now, more than ever, are in need of capacity-building education, one-on-one coaching, and access to capital, fundamental components of the ICCC program.

In an effort to support the small business community, we’ve created the Small Business Resource Center, which hosts a valuable group of national and local resources to support small businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 ICCC program will prioritize business recovery strategies, as well as focus on the tools needed for businesses to incorporate their strategic pivots into their long-term business plan and strategy. Participants will gain the following key takeaways:

From 2005-2019, 3,836 ICCC alumni have averaged 126% growth in revenue, raised $2.3 billion in capital, and created 22,707 jobs in their communities. Read more about ICCC’s regional and national impact in the recently published 2020 Impact Report and overview.

“This opportunity has put to mind all the things we have tried to accomplish but didn’t know how!”

Eggroll Café, 2017 ICCC Boston Participant

Where We’re Headed in 2021

ICCC is a national program offered in cities across the United States. See below for the list of virtual cohorts that we’ve started or will be offering in 2021! If you don’t see your specific city listed, select the closest city/region to you!

Atlanta, GA Milwaukee, WI
Baltimore, MD New Jersey
Boston, MA Northern California
Canada Northern Virginia
Chicago, IL Philadelphia, PA
Colorado Portland, OR
Detroit, MI San Diego, CA
Hartford, CT Seattle, WA
Hawai’i Southern California
Houston, TX Springfield & Western MA
Memphis, TN Washington, DC

Program Structure

The ICCC Program is divided into four components designed to maximize the participant’s experience and accommodate their busy schedules.

  • Opening Seminar: Two virtual half-day sessions where top business professors present on critical business topics
  • Webinar Series: Virtual learning sessions to complement and deepen the learnings from the Opening Seminar
  • Individual Coaching: Individual coaching focused on creating and refining capital pitch and/or tackling general business challenges
  • National Conference: Culminating conference bringing together participants from across the country to continue their learning, sharpen their capital pitch, and connect with a growing network of growth-minded entrepreneurs and capital providers.

“This is a well-run program. The seminar was a great beginning to address my business needs, and I am extremely grateful to be a part of this initiative.” 

Brown Farmer Media Group, 2018 ICCC Chicago


A business must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for participation in ICCC: *

  • Be an independent, for-profit or non-profit corporation, partnership or proprietorship.
  • Have its headquarters or more than 51% of its physical operations located in an economically-distressed area OR have more than 40% of employees residing in an economically-distressed area.
  • Be past the proof-of-concept stage
  • Have been in operation for two years or more. ICCC does not accept start-up companies.

*On a case-by-case basis, ICCC will consider businesses that do not meet all of the specified criteria on the recommendation of a nominator. ­

Do you know of any businesses that fit this profile? If so, NOMINATE them today encourage them to apply!

Does your business fit this profile? If so, APPLY today!

For questions regarding the nomination process or eligibility, contact us at (617) 238-3019 or


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