Opening Seminar


Opening Seminar

The ICCC Opening Seminar is a virtual two-day seminar series 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.

Day 1 of the sessions will include a Networking Session where participants will connect with fellow businesses owners, brainstorm around personal and industry-specific challenges, and strengthen their network. They will leave Day 1with newfound connections and tools to target common challenges.

On Day 2, participants will meet their CEO Groups, a group of 5-7 fellow business owners from diverse backgrounds and industries. Group members will work with each other through various program components, share relevant resources, and hopefully partner to do business with each other!

The sessions culminates with a Resource Panel which features a variety of local technical assistance and capital providers who provide key insights into various relief programs available, as well as share information on different capital resources and how to access them. 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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