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.
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...
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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