Small businesses, big impact - especially on urban unemployment

Our latest report presents an analysis of jobs created by businesses with less than 250 employees in five cities—Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. We find that small businesses, in terms of job creation, rival the impact of large businesses, and are a critical source of jobs for residents, especially in inner city neighborhoods. Read more.

Congratulations to the 2016 Inner City 100 award winners!

Every year, ICIC identifies and celebrates the 100 fastest-growing inner city businesses. The list, which is published annually in Fortune Magazine, represents some of today’s most creative entrepreneurs, who create good jobs where they are needed most. Learn more about the annual event and how we celebrated their achievements. 

#AccelerateInclusivity: Making business incubators more inclusive

In October we hosted an event at the Roxbury Innovation Center in Roxbury, MA inspired by the findings of a new report, which identifies strategies high-tech incubators and accelerators can use to increase the participation rates of women and minority entrepreneurs. Read more.

A roadmap for inclusive business growth in Boston’s Fairmont Indigo Corridor

Boston's economic growth and prosperity has not benefited all residents equitably. In partnership with The American City Coalition (TACC) and LISC Boston, we outlined a roadmap to leverage transit investment in Boston's Fairmont Indigo Corridor, a commuter line stretching nine miles, to create inclusive business growth for local residents. Read 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 issues related to inner city business growth and economic development. View our open positions.
  • Steve Grossman, CEO of ICIC, moderated a plenary panel at the EMPath’s “Disrupting the Poverty Cycle” Conference at UMass Boston on October 7, 2016.
  • ICIC’s Director of Research, Kim Zeuli, was invited to speak on two panels at this year’s Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP16) in San Francisco this September. She presented on ICIC’s upcoming food system resilience research, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, and spoke on a moderated panel, Accelerating Inclusivity in High-Tech Incubators and Accelerators, on research released earlier this year with the support of J.P. Morgan Chase.
  • Steve Grossman, CEO of ICIC, spoke at the Fairmount Indigo Corridor Business and Job Attraction and Retention event on October 25, held in partnership with The American City Coalition (TACC) and LISC Boston at the Bank of America Conference Center.
  • Steve Grossman, CEO of ICIC, and Kim Zeuli, Director of Research spoke at Catalyzing Inclusivity in Incubators and Accelerators on October 27 at the Roxbury Innovation Center. See full program.
  • Kim Zeuli, Director of Research, and Austin Nijhuis, Senior Analyst, were invited to speak by the Itasca Project, an employer-led civic alliance focused on the economic development of North Minneapolis. Their presentation was titled, "Leveraging Economic Assets to Create a Vibrant North Minneapolis Economy."
  • On November 17th, former affiliate and longtime partner, ICA Fund Good Jobs celebrates its 20th anniversary with a night of good food, good people and good business. Join them as they celebrate 20 years of good job creation and pay respect to their supporters and to the small business community. Register here.


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