How one Harvard professor is sharing his knowledge with inner city business owners

A key aspect of the Inner City Capital Connections program is executive education focused on capacity-building, which provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to receive high-quality training while running their businesses. The success of the program depends on the quality of the professors who have been recruited from leading business schools throughout the country. Of these educators, Steven Rogers is surely one of the most beloved. Now the most senior teacher in the ICCC program, Rogers considers himself a tenured faculty member. Learn more

Grocery stores growing into their role as inner city economic catalysts

From urban agriculture to kitchen incubators, many forms of food-related enterprises can act as catalysts for inner city job growth and business development. While the direct impact of grocery stores is more commonly considered part of the broader discussion around food deserts, they too can have significant economic effect on their local communities. Learn more.

Chicago business owner empowers other women to follow in her footsteps

The Bank of America Global Ambassadors event in held on September 14 in Chicago supported the advancement of women’s leadership and economic empowerment. It featured a diverse group of leading women executives and other powerful voices in entrepreneurship and business, including Stephanie Hickman, President and CEO of Chicago-based Trice Construction Company and an alumna of the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program. Learn more.

Interest rate buy-down program in Corpus Christi supports underserved entrepreneurs in need of capital

In the early 2000s, Corpus Christi, Texas – a city of over 300,000 with a poverty rate hovering around 18 percent – was searching for ways to support its entrepreneurial community. Learn more.

ICIC On the Move

  • Small Business Development Center Conference: ICIC's David LeBoeuf and Katie Lettie represented the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at the annual Small Business Development Center Conference in Nashville, TN on September 4-7. They had the opportunity to build relationships with small business owners and local small business development centers from around the country, while sharing information about the program's impact and hosting an informational session and Q&A. Learn more.
  • SSTI Annual Conference 2017: Kathleen O’Shea was honored to represent ICIC at SSTI’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. from September 13-15. The conference provides an opportunity for policymakers, researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders to discuss latest trends and best practices in technology-based economic development. Learn more.
  • Women Driving Social and Economic Progress: ICIC's CEO Steve Grossman was invited to speak on a panel at the Women Driving Social and Economic Progress event hosted by Bank of America in Chicago on September 14, as part of the Bank's Global Ambassadors program. During the panel, which was titled, “Entrepreneurship and Access to Capital,” Steve discussed the barriers women entrepreneurs face in accessing capital, and how programs like ICIC's Inner City Capital Connections help address these challenges.  
  • International Economic Development Council Annual Conference 2017: ICIC’s Zach Nieder was honored to present at IEDC’s Annual Conference this year held in Toronto, Ontario on September 17th -20th. Zach presented on our research related to strategies for increasing diversity and inclusion in incubators and accelerators as a part of the conference’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Round Robin. Learn more.
  • 10,000 Small Businesses 8th National Cohort: As the national outreach and selection partner of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, ICIC welcomed 146 scholars from across the United States including U.S. territories into the program on September 19 at Babson College. The welcome event marked the start of the 8th cohort of the national blended learning model, which helps small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity. Learn more.

Announcements & Careers

  • 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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