The second pillar of the ICCC program, Webinars, are virtual learning sessions that complement and deepen what participants learn at the Opening Seminar. These webinars are led by experienced practitioners and cover topics that are customized to growth challenges of the cohort. The webinars can be watched live or from the archive at any point after they’ve been recorded, and so participants can listen to the presentations on their own time from the office or at home.

“This was by far one of the best webinars that I have attended. The content was great and the resources provided can be implemented immediately.” 
Jamerson Strategic Consulting, 2018 ICCC Memphis Participant



Tips for Getting a Small Business Loan
Wednesday, October 5th at 1pm ET
Frederick Welk, Director of Business Education & Communications, Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF)

Understanding how things look from the lender’s point of view can help prepare a small business for a successful effort to raise debt capital, whether from a community lending source like a bank or credit union. Lack of knowledge of certain principles can cause loan applicants to waste time, effort and emotions. With a grasp of these concepts, small business owners can focus on what’s truly important to move toward to secure lending support.


Negotiating Your Commercial Lease – How to Work with Landlords Post-Pandemic
Wednesday, June 29th at 2pm ET
Jeff Grandfield, Co-Founder, The Lease Coach and Co-Author, Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals FOR DUMMIES

Negotiating a commercial Lease or Lease Renewal has always been a daunting task for most tenants. As we come out of one of the most challenging times for business owners in our lifetimes, tenants are wondering more than ever what to expect in the commercial lease negotiation process. The webinar will cover the following key topics:

  • What should I expect from Landlord’s as we come out the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How to select a site for your business.
  • How to negotiate the key financial terms of Lease.
  • Understand what other essential components of the Lease you should negotiate.
  • Common mistakes to avoid while negotiating a Lease.


Cyber Security Best Practices for SMBs
Tuesday, February 1st at 3pm ET
Jason Rebholz, Chief Information Security Officer, Corvus Insurance

In this ICIC webinar, Jason Rebholz will discuss best practices to secure a small business, based on industry experience and Corvus-backed data. Attendees will learn about the myth of small businesses’ immunity to attacks and the types of attacks most often seen, as well as how they can keep their SMBs safe from constantly evolving threats. Jason will walk through circumstances that have resulted in attacks, so that all attendees come away from the webinar with a stronger understanding of how to safeguard business critical information and themselves. Access the recording here.



Turning Business Disadvantages to Advantages Webinar
Monday, November 15th at 2pm ET
Dr. Jose Perez, Founder & CEO, Roads Consulting Group

Listen in on experienced business owner and consultant on how to turn your business’ disadvantages to advantages to scale your operations. Learn to see the opportunities to grow where others might see an issue or a disadvantage.

This webinar will show you how to do business with corporations and municipalities as a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), by identifying disadvantages that work to your benefit and result in advantages. Finally, this webinar will guide you on how to turn those disadvantages into an actual contract or business with a corporation, municipality, or even a competitor.

Where Your Values Meet Your Value Add
Wednesday, November 10th at 1pm EST
Kim Sawyer, Board Member, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Daren Bascome, Founder and Managing Director, Proverb LLC.

Core values are the adhesive that holds together a company and differentiates an exceptional company from a good one. Understanding the significance of core values and spending the time to implement them in all that a company does are key to long-term success. Learn from multi-year Inner City 100 winners on maximizing your values.

Crowdfunding Masterclass
Friday, November 5th at 12pm EST
Dora L. Rankin, Director of Partnerships, Honeycomb Credit

Crowdfunding opens the floodgates for everyday people to contribute to the growth of your business. During this webinar you’ll learn the following:

  • What crowdfunding platforms are out there and what makes them all so different
  • Are you ready for funding and how to get crowdfit
  • How to create a crowdfunding campaign
  • Launching a successful crowdfunding campaign

5 Steps to Sustainable Fundraising
Wednesday, October 29th at 1pm EST
Royce Gomez-King, CEO, Your Startup Coach

Nonprofits experience donor fatigue, burnout of the Development Director, and other fundraising challenges. The Development Director has an average tenure of only 16 months. Why? Burnout! The old fundraising model has caused these common challenges. As a nonprofit organization, it’s vital that you begin to approach fundraising differently. This webinar will cover 5 steps to more sustainable – and less stressful – fundraising.

A Guide to Nonprofit Debt
Friday, October 20th at 1pm EST
Emily Weissman, Senior Investment Officer, Michael Alles, Underwriter, and Lauren Coker, Portfolio Manager, Nonprofit Finance Fund

In this webinar, the presenters will discuss why nonprofit organizations borrow money, what types of loans are available to nonprofits, and how to know if debt is right for your organization. The presenters will also discuss what lenders typically look for from nonprofit borrowers and considerations once a loan has been received. We hope this webinar will be helpful for any organization that is considering debt, now or in the future.

Toma Mejores Decisiones de Negocio con Google Analytics
Miércoles 6 de Octubre de 1pm a 2pm ET
Roberto Martinez, Google Digital Coach
Conozca las mejores prácticas y analice las tendencias sobre cómo los clientes interactúan con su negocio en línea, luego convierta estos conocimientos en decisiones prácticas y bien informadas. La parte 1 se centrará en configurar Analytics, hacerse preguntas específicas al analizar datos y acceder a los informes que le brindarán la información más valiosa sobre sus clientes.

Using Your Business as a Force for Good: B Corp Certifications
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 1pm-2pm EST
Jenn Richey Nicholas, CEO & Partner, Pixel Parlor

After a tumultuous year of political turmoil, looming climate change, and growing consumer dissatisfaction it has never been more important than now to use your business as a force for good. By becoming a B Corp, your business can be a vehicle for positive change, human engagement, and amplified impact. Jenn Richey Nicholas built her business into a B Corp in 2014 and has since been working with mission-based businesses and not-for-profits to increase their positive impact, engage with their communities and build a loyal group of clients and collaborators.

Building Authentic Relationships with PURPOSE
Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 1pm – 2pm ET
Miriam Torres Baltys, Senior Small Business Professional and Senior Loan Officer, CDC Small Business Finance

Listen in with Miriam Baltys, an expert in the Small Business industry, on how to “Build Authentic Relationships with Purpose”.

Challenge yourself to be authentic, so that you can build long-lasting connections that will benefit you both personally and professionally.

Interact with other Small Business owners, while you practice and learn key elements to successfully “Building and Maintaining Authentic Relationships” that will prove to move you and your business to the next level.

How Can A Business Mentor Help Me?
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 1pm-2pm EST
Steve Sivitz, Mentor & Chair Community Engagement, SCORE San Diego

Understanding and dealing with the dozens of issues and decisions in starting or running a business can be overwhelming. Working with a mentor can aid in making effective and realistic choices to address the complexities of starting and managing a business. The workshop will provide an overview of how to work with a mentor, how a mentor can contribute to the business elements, the relationships between mentee and mentor, and when should a mentor be enlisted to aid the product plan or business.

Speak and Grow Your Business Quickly
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 2pm-3pm EST
Berri A. Wells, President, Turning Point Solutions, LLC.

Did you know, whether in person or in Zoom, each time you introduce yourself you have an opportunity to attract positive attention to yourself? Why blend in when you can stand out with a creative and captivating introduction? Leverage meetings and events by making connections and following up with the ultimate intent of sharing resources and growing your network.

Don’t have a big advertising budget? This webinar is just for you as we will explore the number one way to market and promote yourself, each and every time you speak! Shift your perspective and capitalize on personal and professional interactions.

Redefining Success: Unlocking Your Entrepreneurial Mindset
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 2pm-3pm EST
Kasey Corsello, Small Business Owner, Integrative Coach

50% of businesses fail within the first 5 years. The pandemic closed doors on businesses that were successfully in operation pre-pandemic. If the cards are already (seemingly) stacked against you, why would we have gone down this path in the first place? Because you are passionate about what you’re doing!! How do you redefine success in a way that is most inspiring to you?

This webinar will help you redefine success so that you can build on those successes in order to grow forward. After a very challenging 18+ months of uncertainty, we will celebrate how far you’ve come, no matter where you are in your business. Learn simple tools to help motivate you as you move through the challenges, turning obstacles into opportunities; increase productivity.

The Paradigm Shift: Remote Working, Are You Secured?
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 3pm-4pm EST
Robert Joseph, VP Technology, Step Ahead Solutions, Inc.

74% of CIOs intend to continue remote working for their organization. Most of the organizations have found a way to optimize remote work. And due to the pandemic, the workforce has adapted to remote work and would prefer to continue working that way. Are you secure?

This webinar will take you through some practical steps in understanding remote working and technologies that go to secure your digital experience. Things you can do affordably to be safe to protect your identity:

  • Securing your devices
  • Securing your systems
  • Securing your remote connectivity

The session begins with the anatomy of an attack, and steps to take to prevent the attack.

Key Takeaways

  • Firm understanding of remote connectivity and cybersecurity as it relates to it
  • Opportunity to run a baseline assessment for your emails in your organization

How Worker Ownership Can Drive Business Growth
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 2pm-3pm EST
Paul Bindel, Director of Cooperative Development, Center for Community Wealth Building

Worker ownership is often touted as a succession-planning tool for legacy businesses and exiting business owners, but how can it benefit early-stage and growth-stage companies? This workshop will focus on worker-centered practices and design considerations that younger companies have incorporated to drive growth and innovation. We’ll start by examining the most common forms of employee ownership in the US, as well as newer emerging forms. From there, we’ll discuss the choices that business founders have made to align operations, entity structure and culture with their workers to ultimately better serve their customers. We’ll also acknowledge common challenges and pitfalls to avoid while creating a company that incorporates workers as greater stakeholders.

Understanding Contracts
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 1pm-2pm EST
Stephanie Charles, Cleary Gottlieb Legal Fellow, Start Small Think Big

Join ICCC and Start Small Think Big for a workshop on understanding contracts and their implications in your business.

This workshop will cover contract formation; understanding commonly-included boilerplate language; the responsibilities, roles, and obligations of the parties; contract enforcement; negotiation techniques; and how to understand and use non-compete and non-disclosure clauses

Benefits of Diverse Business Certification
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 3pm-4pm EST
Dr. Janice Greene, PhD., President and CEO of Women’s Business Enterprise Council-Pacific will conduct this webinar.

Learn about the importance and value of diversity certification for your business. This webinar will explain the benefits of diversity certification, how to become certified, and how to grow your business. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and receive expert advice.

Marketing Your Business in Challenging Times
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 2pm- 3pm EST
Dina Towbin (she/her), president and founder of Dina Towbin & Associates LLC

Dina is also is also an ICCC alum. Marketing Your Business in Challenging Times is an interactive webinar that will provide participants with an easy-to-use marketing strategy. You’ll learn tips to quickly refresh your marketing and attract clients during the pandemic. We’ll share the importance of building trust, knowing your customer, and promoting your product and service in the time of COVID-19 and beyond, using social and other media. You’ll also gain insights to free resources available to help you grow your business now and moving forward.

Webinar: The New Rollout of PPP: What You Need to Know
Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 4-5pm ET. Register Here

After months of waiting for much-needed relief, small businesses are finally getting revived support from the federal government. The Small Business Administration has authorized up to $284 billion in new funds for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which will re-open the week of January 11th through certain community financial institutions (CFIs).

Join ICIC, Small Business Majority, and our CDFI partners on January 21st for a free webinar to learn more about key updates in the new rollout of PPP, updated eligibility guidelines, and when your small business may be eligible to apply. Topics include:

  • PPP reauthorization and important changes
  • Advance grants through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program
  • SBA Debt Relief Program
  • Additional policies and resources for small businesses


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