National Conference


National Conference

The National Conference is the culmination of the ICCC program year. It provides opportunities to get inspired, continue your development, sharpen your capital pitch, and network with other small business owners from across the country. The National Conference brings together our dynamic network of current program participants, small business alumni, and collaborators.

In 2019, the ICIC National Conference combined the ICCC Culminating Conference with the Inner City 100 Awards & Conference (an awards ceremony featuring the 100 fastest growing companies in America’s inner cities), featuring key elements of each conference, and bringing together over 600 guests from across the country.

Building Capacity, Building Network

Our speakers and lecturers draw on years of hands-on experience to provide practical advice, and they are eager to help you grow your business. You can also hear from alumni on how they took advantage of the program to accelerate their growth and scale up their company.

With hundreds of growth-oriented businesses in attendance, the ICIC National Conference presents a unique opportunity to forge strategic alliances with capital providers, mentors, and potential partners, suppliers, or clients.

“Gentler, Kinder” Shark Tank-style Pitches

The “gentler, kinder” Shark Tank-style pitches are a key component of the National Conference where selected business owners will pitch and receive immediate feedback from a panel of experience capital providers. No capital investment is made, however, participants in the room walk away with key insights into refining their capital pitch. Below you can find videos of the three companies who pitched at the 2019 ICIC National Conference.

Firebrand Artisan Breads

Firebrand Artisan Breads started as a small bakery in West Oakland specializing in signature breads, and has expanded into a retail location offering a full pastry line, breakfast, lunch, and catering services. They employ over 80 people, and are committed to supporting their staff and local communities.


Based in Boston, InvisaWear is attractive and smart jewelry that instantly sends your location to emergency dispatchers and loved ones during an emergency. Committed to allowing people to protect themselves and the people they love, InvisaWear was designed to provide a stylish, discreet S.O.S. device for everyday wear.


Parity Homes

Parity Homes is an equitable development company based in Baltimore that acquires and rehabilitates abandoned properties to create affordable home ownership opportunities. Parity is committed to development without displacement, and started as a response to the gentrification and displacement they’ve experienced.

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