New Program Launch: Inner City Alumni Network (ICAN)

We are extremely proud to announce the launch of our new Inner City Alumni Network (ICAN), a new initiative that will bring together ICIC program alumni from around the country. ICAN will empower and serve alumni by providing ongoing learning and professional development, visibility and recognition, and a network through which alumni can explore collaboration and contracting opportunities. You can learn more about ICAN and the benefits of membership here.

Prison Entrepreneurship Program: Reducing Recidivism and Creating Economic Opportunity

Across the U.S., formerly incarcerated individuals struggle to find employment, often leading to reduced economic opportunities and an increased likelihood of returning to prison. In response, a growing number of programs are helping support the formerly incarcerated in starting businesses that offer pathways to building wealth and achieving better economic outcomes. ICIC’s recently completed evaluation of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) in Texas—one of the oldest and largest such programs in the U.S.—measures its impact on reducing recidivism and creating economic opportunity for the program’s graduates. Read more.

WATCH: Kaiser Permanente and ICCC partner to create healthy businesses

Small businesses account for most of the employment in the United States, making it more important than ever that we support entrepreneurs by helping build their businesses. When small businesses succeed, it leads to good jobs and better local economies. Our goals include fostering healthy communities along with healthy businesses. Read more.

ICIC On the Move

  • Ascend 2020 National Conference: Last week, ICIC’s Kim Zeuli and Kathleen O’Shea attended this year’s conference in Oakland, an annual meeting of partners of the Ascend 2020 initiative. A joint effort between JPMorgan Chase’s Small Business Forward initiative and the University of Washington Foster School of Business’ Consulting and Business Development Center, Ascend 2020 supports the growth of minority-owned businesses by creating local ecosystems in major metropolitan areas across the US. This year’s conference, which convened partners from six Ascend cities and six aspiring Ascend cities, was an opportunity to identify common challenges and share best practices across cities. ICIC presented early findings from research on the impact of the first year of Ascend 2020 and also facilitated sessions focused on strengthening access to new markets and contracting opportunities for minority-owned businesses. Learn more.
  • Kauffman Foundation’s ESHIP Summit: ICIC’s Kathleen O’Shea and Peter Eberhardt were honored to attend the Kauffman Foundation’s ESHIP Summit held July 11th-13th in Kansas City, Missouri. The goal of this year’s Summit was to convene entrepreneurial ecosystem builders from across the country to develop a shared vision for the future of the field. On July 13th, ICIC and JPMorgan Chase hosted a peer learning meeting for members of JPMorgan Chase’s Small Business Forward network. Representatives from JPMorgan Chase and several of the entrepreneurial support organizations in the Small Business Forward network shared best practices for effective organizational storytelling. Learn more.
  • National MBE Manufacturer’s Summit: ICIC representative- Allie Padgett from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program team attended the National MBE Manufacturer’s Summit August 5-7th in Atlanta, GA to connect with small business owners in the manufacturing industry. In attendance were small business owners themselves along with other corporate sponsors and small business resources. Learn more.
  • National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Conference: August 15th is the start of the annual NGLCC Conference which will be hosted in Philadelphia, PA. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program team members Taelyr Roberts & David Barry will be in attendance to build awareness of the resources that ICIC has to offer. Learn more.

Upcoming Events

  • Register today for our milestone event! | Inner City 100, Oct 1-2 2018
  • Each year we recognize, celebrate and support the country’s fast-growing companies whose success illuminates the competitive advantages of being in the inner city. For nearly 20 years we’ve invited these outstanding businesses to an annual conference and awards ceremony in Boston to celebrate their achievements, learn from each other and promote growth.  Check out this year’s agenda and speakers and register today for this milestone event! 
  • Application Deadline: As the national outreach and recruitment partner of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, we’re looking for more business owners that want to increase revenue and create local jobs. Join the 7,400 businesses that have already utilized the program’s practical business education and one-on-one business advising. Apply by 9/28!
  • Are you an early-stage food business owner looking to scale your business? We invite you to join a select group of entrepreneurs that are speeding up their growth with the Santander Cultivate Small Business Program.  The program, run in partnership with Babson College, CommonWealth Kitchen, and ICIC, provides food entrepreneurs with an industry specific education, networks and mentoring, and capital grants.  If accepted, the program is offered at no cost to the participant.  Apply before September 10!  To determine if this opportunity is right for you, review the eligibility criteria and meet our first cohort! Any outstanding questions? Don’t hesitate email



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