Catalyzing a National Conversation on Inclusive Entrepreneurship @ ICBI32

ICIC was honored to participate in the International Business Innovation Association’s 32nd annual International Conference on Business Incubation in Dallas, Texas last month, contributing to a number of sessions providing conference attendees opportunities to learn new strategies for driving inclusive entrepreneurship.

At the Business Incubation Global (BIG) Summit pre-conference, ICIC’s Kim Zeuli moderated a panel discussion exploring research and best practices for increasing diversity and inclusion in the field of high-tech business incubation internationally. As part of the panel “Creating Inclusive Ecosystems and Practices for Growing and Scaling Minority-Owned Businesses,” ICIC’s Kathleen O’Shea shared early findings from new research supported by JPMorgan Chase on minority business ownership in the inner city. ICIC and JPMorgan Chase also hosted the Small Business Forward Inclusive Entrepreneurship Reception, convening entrepreneurial support organizations and other representatives in the Small Business Forward network for networking, partnership building, and peer learning. Read more

What is Small Business Week and Why Should I Support it?

From April 29 to May 5, the country celebrated Small Business Week. In recent years, shopping locally and buying from small businesses have been gaining popularity. Maybe you’ve already started to shop more consciously or thought about starting your own business, or maybe you already own one, and every year you hear about Small Business Week but aren’t quite sure what it represents. While the name provides a clue, Small Business Week is a time to celebrate our entrepreneurs and small firms throughout the country and recognize the importance of their significant contributions to our economy. Read more about Small Business Week and why we celebrate on our blog. Read more.

ICIC On the Move

  • Boston Area Research Initiative’s Spring Conference: ; ICIC’s Austin Nijhuis was honored to present at the Boston Area Research Initiative’s 2018 Spring Conference held on April 27th at Boston University. Austin took part in a session focused on creating economic opportunity across Greater Boston. Austin presented on ICIC’s recent research on developing data-driven strategies to support inclusive economic growth in Boston’s Fairmount-Indigo Corridor and Malden’s Commercial Street Corridor. Learn More Learn more.
  • ICCC Hosts Kick-Off Breakfasts in San Diego and Baltimore : On April 25th in San Diego and May 1st in Baltimore, Inner City Capital Connections launched their Kick-Off Breakfasts to announce the arrival of the ICCC program for the first time in these cities. In San Diego, ICCC 2016 Los Angeles Alum Caron Ng, CEO of NuSet Security & Locks spoke about the ICCC program helping her to modernize NuSet’s business strategy, and seek capital for the first time to develop a new line of products. In Baltimore, Mayor Catherine Pugh voiced her support of ICCC working to revitalize Baltimore’s inner cities, and creating opportunities for small businesses through private partnerships. Learn more. 

Upcoming Events

  • ICCC Prepares for 1st Opening Seminar in Philadelphia The Inner City Capital Connections team will be in Philadelphia on May 22nd to kick off the first seminar of their 2018 program year! Since 2005, ICCC has worked with 252 businesses in Philadelphia which have raised $94 million in capital, achieving a remarkable average of 277% growth in revenue, and have created 711 jobs for their surrounding communities. One alumni, Angelo Perryman, CEO of Perryman Building and Construction, was featured in the local CBS news for being one of the few minority-owned businesses in the area to compete for large-scale projects. Learn more.
  • Inner City 100: Applications are closed but early bird registrations are now open After receiving a record number of applications, our team will now begin the selection process of the Inner City 100 Award winners. This year marks the 20th year of recognizing the 100 fastest-growing small businesses in America’s Inner Cities. Join us to celebrate the small businesses driving America forward at the award ceremony and conference on Oct 1-2. Speakers include Deval Patrick, Rich Dennis, and Karen Mills to name a few. Register Now.
  • Pacesetters Information Session: On May 23rd, ICIC will be represented at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce-hosted Pacesetters: Minority Business Enterprise Information Session to promote the resources and programming that ICIC offers to small business owners nationwide. Member of the Inner City Capital Connections and Goldman Sachs10,000 Small Businesses program teams will be in attendance to educate & recruit eligible business owners on the invaluable opportunities available. This convening will draw small business owners from the greater Boston area and beyond. Learn more.
  • Application Deadline: As the national outreach and recruitment partner of the Goldman Sachs10,000 Small Businesses program, we’re looking for more business owners who want to increase revenue and create local jobs. Join the 6,700 businesses that have already utilized the program’s practical business education and one-on-one business advising. Learn more.
  • 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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