Santander leverages Boston’s strengths to tackle economic inclusivity

This fall, small businesses in Greater Boston will have the opportunity to participate in a pioneering program: “Cultivate Small Business,” recently launched by Santander Bank in partnership with ICIC, Commonwealth Kitchen, and Babson College. This initiative will support entrepreneurs and their businesses in the food industry with resources and education to help them sustain and grow. Learn more

Raising awareness: Small Business Growth Symposium

ICIC was honored to present at the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA)’s Small Business Growth Symposium held on July 20th in New Orleans. ICIC’s Kim Zeuli and Kathleen O’Shea shared findings from our newest report, Building Strong Clusters for Strong Urban Economies, which highlights NOLABA’s ProsperityNOLA plan for its focus on inclusive clusters. The event brought together nearly 60 local business owners, capital providers, nonprofit professionals, and political leaders working to create a vibrant small business ecosystem in New Orleans. We shared some of the major successes and lessons learned from ProsperityNOLA, and highlighted general recommendations for driving high-impact, inclusive cluster growth. Learn more.

WATCH: Advancing health in America’s inner cities together

We’ve teamed up with the nation’s largest, nonprofit, integrated health care delivery system, Kaiser Permanente, to support urban businesses in Los Angeles and Oakland so our inner cities can thrive. Watch the video to see how ICIC’s partnership with Kaiser Permanente has helped Westcoast Warehousing, a leading provider of third-party warehouse and fulfillment services, bring positive change to their community. Watch the video.

Designing high-impact cluster strategies

City leaders are increasingly incorporating cluster strategies into their economic development plans. But many cities are struggling with implementation and ineffective cluster-building efforts. Our newest infographic highlights 6 recommendations for city leaders looking to drive inclusive economic growth in their city. The infographic draws on findings from our newest report on cluster strategies, released last month with the support of JPMorgan Chase. Learn more.

ICIC On the Move

  • EBN Congress 2017: ICIC’s Kim Zeuli was honored to present at the European Business Network (EBN)’s annual meeting in Paris on July 5th-7th alongside our partners at JPMorgan Chase and the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA). Kim presented at several sessions highlighting ICIC’s approach for evaluating the impact of entrepreneurial support organizations, and strategies for improving diversity and inclusion in these organizations. Learn more.
  • Boston Resilience Strategy Release Event: ICIC’s Research team was pleased to attend the release of the City of Boston’s Resilience Strategy, Resilient Boston: An Equitable and Connected City, on July 13th. The event was attended by Atia Martin, Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer; Mayor Marty Walsh; Michael Berkowitz, the President of the 100 Resilient Cities network; and other local stakeholders. Learn more.
  • Ascend 2020 Annual Meeting: ICIC’s Zach Nieder was invited to attend the inaugural Ascend 2020 Annual Meeting on July 18th-20th at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The event brought together key partners in Ascend 2020, an initiative led by JPMorgan Chase and the Consulting and Business Development Center at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, which links business schools, business support organizations and CDFIs to create local support ecosystems for neighborhood-based, inner-city, and minority-owned businesses in 6 U.S. cities. Learn more.
  • Malden Commercial Street Corridor Public Meeting: On July 19th, ICIC’s Austin Nijhuis presented at the first of two public meetings discussing the future of the Commercial Street Corridor in Malden, MA. ICIC is partnering with the Malden Redevelopment Authority, MassDevelopment and Harriman to create an economic development strategy that will maximize job retention and creation in the corridor. Learn more.

Announcements & Careers

  • 10,000 Small Businesses in Baltimore: The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program announced a $10mm commitment to Baltimore in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, marking the program's first-ever co-investment. The program provides business owners with the tools and support to take their small business to new heights. Applications for the next class in Baltimore are due on September 12, 2017, with classes scheduled to begin in November 2017. Business owners can apply at If accepted, the program is offered at no cost. To learn more, read the press release here.
  • Apply now: Cultivate Small Business: In May Santander Bank announced “Cultivate Small Business,” a pilot initiative designed in partnership with ICIC to assist women-, minority- and immigrant-owned businesses in food-related industries. Applications are now being accepted. Read more.
  • Last chance to save over $50 on Inner City 100 2017 Conference and Awards registration! Join us in Boston on October 3rd as we recognize America's fastest-growing inner city businesses at the Inner City 100 Conference and Awards. Hear from expert speakers and learn how to make collaboration your next inspiration! Early bird tickets available until 8/7.
  • Join our team: ICIC is hiring at multiple levels! These Boston-based positions provide an opportunity to join a dynamic and professional team working to address important inner city business and economic development issues. View our other open positions.

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