The ICCC Opening Seminar is a full-day training seminar where professors from top-flight universities provide lectures and best practices centered around five core topics:
“I’ve participated in numerous business and educational sessions, but none as informative and impactful as this one. I immediately put into action some of the teachings and recommendations from the [Opening Seminar].”
Helen Crawley-Austin, CEO, Beyond Consulting Solutions, 2018 Chicago Participant.
The Opening Seminar includes a Working Lunch designed for participants to discuss and unpack their main takeaways from the lectures with capital providers and consultants, and brainstorm around their key business challenges in a small, structured, group setting.
The day culminates with a Capital Panel which features a variety of local and national capital providers who provide key insights on the nature of funds offered and how to access them. Panelists include Community Fund Development Institutions (CDFIs) and bank lenders, equity investors, non-traditional lenders, and impact investors.
“[ICCC] showed me where we need to be stronger. It also validated our direction, and we gained valuable tidbits we did not know about! I would have attended for 2 days if it meant we had more time to ask more questions.”
Amsterdam Falafel Shop, 2017 ICCC D.C. Participant
Many participants enter the program without a solid understanding of all five core topics, as they have learned how to operate their businesses on they fly. We have found that participants’ understanding of the five core topics improve dramatically after the Opening Seminar – with the 2018 class reporting dramatic growth in subject matter expertise.