ICIC Hosts SBA Discussion in Dudley Square

On Monday, April 11, ICIC hosted Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, for a roundtable of urban businesses at the Dudley Café in our Roxbury neighborhood. 15 local entrepreneurs attended the event, which featured a conversation on the SBA’s programs and policies and allowed the businesses to provide feedback and recommendations. Read more.

#CityCloseUp: Poverty Continues to Rise in Washington, D.C.

In March, ICIC’s City Close Up feature focused on Washington, D.C. Seven of our 2015 Inner City 100 winners were D.C.-based, the second highest of any city. These companies can make a difference in Washington, D.C.’s inner city neighborhoods, which experienced an increase in poverty and unemployment rates between 2000 and 2013. Read more about business growth and economic development in Washington, D.C.

Imajine That Certified As B-Corp

With its motto “Create the Day,” children’s discovery museum Imajine That has always aimed to provide opportunity for youth and families in its hometown of Lawrence, MA. That impact has now been formalized with Imajine That’s certification as a B Corp, joining a community of firms that meet rigorous standards of environmental and social responsibility set forth by the nonprofit B Lab. Read more.

Founder Michael Porter Discusses ICIC in Harvard Gazette

Our founder and Chairman, Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter, was recently featured in an article in the Harvard Gazette, "The costs of inequality: Faster lives, quicker deaths." The article, part of a series on Harvard professors' work as it relates to issues of inequality, details the disparate health and economic outcomes seen by African-American and Hispanic populations across the U.S. According to ICIC research cited in the article, 37 percent of U.S. inner city residents are Hispanic and 31 percent are African-American. Read more.

ICIC on the Move

  • On March 15, ICIC CEO Steve Grossman was a guest lecturer in a course at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. The graduate-level course, Policy, Advocacy and Community Organization, aims to help students to use knowledge to advance social justice.
  • On March 29, members of the ICIC team attended the Maine Sustainability & Water Conference, which featured research on climate change resilience and New England food systems.

News & Announcements

  • ICIC is hiring at multiple levels, including an Urban Business Initiatives Analyst and a Director of Strategic Business Development. View all open positions.
  • Amplify your success and steer toward exponential growth! Inner City Capital Connections is a national program with an 11-year track record of helping companies accelerate business growth and access capital. Our alumni have created over 11,000 jobs and secured more than $1.3 billion in capital. After participating in our program, our alumni grow an average of 23% and experience a 56% increase in employment. In 2016, the program will be held in 10 cities across the U.S. Learn more and apply or nominate an urban business.
  • Through Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, entrepreneurs from all 50 states have the opportunity to step away from day-to-day operations and focus on growth. We are accepting applications for our upcoming Fall 2016 Class at Babson College, and the application deadline is April 20. Visit the 10,000 Small Businesses website for more information at, or register for one of our upcoming informational webinars here.
  • Save the date! The 2016 Inner City 100 Conference and Awards will be held on September 14 in Boston. More details will be available soon.
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