Opening Seminar


Opening Seminar

The ICCC Opening Seminar is a seminar series where renowned business professors from top-flight universities provide lectures and best practices centered around the five core topics shown below. The seminar is the very first component of the ICCC program that participants will engage in before gaining access to digital learning modules, webinars, coaching and attending the Annual Conference.

“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 will consist of either a full-day in person event followed by a half-day virtual session, or of two days of fully virtual programming. Both the in-person and virtual events will offer presentations in strategy, marketing, talent management and leadership, and finance – all led by renowned business professors from across the country. The Opening Seminar sets the foundation for the remaining components of the program and is worth 10-15 credits towards graduating.

The seminars include a Networking Session where participants will connect with fellow business owners in small groups, brainstorm around personal and industry-specific challenges, and strengthen their network. They will leave the session with newfound connections and tools to target common challenges.

The seminars culminate with a Resource Panel, which provides key insights into local and national resources available to small business owners, both capital and technical assistance. Panelists include Community Fund Development Institutions (CDFIs), bank lenders, equity investors, non-traditional lenders, and local SCORE and SBDC chapters.

“[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


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