Twelve Organizations Driving More Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

ICIC is proud to serve as a partner of JPMorgan Chase’s Small Business Forward initiative, annually measuring and analyzing the performance and impact of a dynamic cohort of entrepreneurial support organizations (ESOs). This cohort of ESOs, and the businesses they support, are driving growth in communities across the U.S. Additionally, on the national stage, these organizations are having an equally powerful impact by catalyzing their peers to create more inclusive organizations. In a recent blog, we highlight effective strategies from each of the 12 ESOs for reaching and supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs. Learn more.  

Events Roundup

  • Small Business Forward Peer Learning Event: On February 27th, ICIC and JPMorgan Chase hosted the Small Business Forward peer learning kickoff meeting for 2018, convening 12 entrepreneurial support organizations supported by JPMorgan Chase, as well as global Small Business Forward partners. Kiki Mills Johnston, Managing Director for MassChallenge’s flagship program in Boston, shared insights into MassChallenge’s diversity and inclusion efforts, as well as the accelerator’s ongoing work to build a strong pipeline of successful entrepreneurs.
  • ICCC'S Executive Seminar in Tampa: On February 28th, ICIC partnered with Regions Bank to bring ICCC to Tampa Bay for the first time in the program’s history. 118 entrepreneurs participated in program, making this the largest group to register to date. You can learn more about the day and watch ICIC CEO Steve Grossman’s opening remarks here.
  • Small Business Summit: Washington D.C. attracted more than 2,000 small business owners February 13th-14th to take part in the first-ever Goldman Sachs-hosted 10,000 Small Businesses Summit: The Big Power of Small Business. ICIC 10KSB team members were also in attendance and supported the event by detailing the merits of the 10,000 Small Businesses program, reconnecting with alumni and in their spare time even had the opportunity to take in a number of notable speakers including Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter, Sara Blakely of Spanx, and Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group.

ICIC On the Move

  • St. Louis 100RC CoLab:   ICIC’s Kim Zeuli was invited to participate in the first-ever 100 Resilient Cities CoLab held in St. Louis, MO on February 7th-8th. The convening brought together local leaders from St. Louis, Tulsa, Nashville, and Chicago, private sector companies, and other experts in the economic development field, with the goal of helping launch an equitable economic development strategy for each city. Learn more.
  • Yale Food Systems Symposium: ICIC’s Austin Nijhuis was honored to present at the Yale Food Systems Symposium held February 23rd-24th in New Haven, CT. Austin took part in a moderated panel focused on resilience in urban food systems, and in particular on best practices for ensuring that equity and access are central to resilience planning. Austin presented on ICIC’s recent research on the resilience of urban food systems to natural disasters. 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 open positions.

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