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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Help us help inner city residents.  ICIC is able to continue its work because of the leadership and thoughtful support of committed corporations, foundations and individuals.

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    Shop Small: November 29, 2014

    Support inner city businesses on Small Businesses Saturday by shopping small. Last year, consumers spent a total $5.7 billion as part of the initiative.

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    Join the Momentum at ICCC's National Conference in New York City

    ICCC helps urban businesses access capital and achieve sustainable growth. Register for the National Conference to connect with peers, business experts and capital providers.

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    Congrats 2014 Inner City 100 Winners!

    From custom glass artisans to pet relocation specialists to beverage flavor generators, the fastest-growing companies in America’s urban core are certainly an eclectic bunch. Meet the top 100, published in FORTUNE.

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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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    ICCC: Investing in America's Future

    Over $1 billion in capital has been raised by participants of ICCC. Learn more about the program's impact and the entrepreneurs' success.

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    Reporting on What Works: Anchoring Food Systems in the Inner City

    In cities across the U.S., the local food movement has evolved from marginal to mainstream. Anchors including hospitals and universities have embraced the movement.

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Inner City Exchange

Support Small Business Saturday and Urban Economies this Nov 29

“What does the Congress agree on in 2014?” sounds like the start of a bad joke, but in this case the answer may surprise you. In a short span of 5 years, American Express’ Small Business Saturday has...

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Events

ICCC National Conference

The New York City conference on November 19-20 will feature industry leaders, top-tier professors, and capital providers who will help businesses grow sustainably and secure capital.

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