ICIC

Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City is a nonprofit research and strategy organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there.

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    ICIC's Small Business Ecosystem Framework

    The newest infographic in our Inner City in Focus series illustrates our conceptual framework around the six key players that are vital to the small business ecosystem, and provides an example of some of the ecosystem’s organizations at work in Chicago.

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    Introducing the 2015 Inner City 100

    ICIC is now accepting nominations and applications for the 2015 Inner City 100.

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    Newark's Data-Driven Approach to Leveraging its Anchor Assets

    This new report offers recommendations for implementing a comprehensive local procurement strategy in Newark.

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    Inner City Entrepreneurs Making Connections That Count

    The 2014 ICCC Impact Report highlights outstanding alumni who have channeled their program learning into exponential growth.

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    New report on Putting foreign capital to work through EB-5

    This report offers insights into the potential of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program as a tool for impact investing in inner cities.

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    The Missing Link: Clusters, Small Business Growth and Vibrant Urban Economies

    This new report offers an analysis of small business development strategies in the nation's ten largest cities.

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Inner City Exchange

#OpenInBos: Small Businesses and the Struggle to Stay Resilient this Winter

The Oxford Dictionary states to be resilient is to be strong, flexible, and tough, to be able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. While small business appreciation programs...

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Events

CEO Series Webinar: Financing Growth: New Markets Tax Credits and Beyond

This webinar will provide a brief overview of some of the investment tools available to businesses residing in low-income communities, highlight ways to access NMTCs, and discuss how a CDFI and a university have worked together to assist low income communities access financing.

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