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Resources for Inner City CEOs

Capital, know-how and the tools to succeed

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Capital, know-how and the tools to succeed

Where others see challenges, inner city CEOs see business advantages: abundant space, an eager workforce and adjacency to the nation's largest markets.

ICIC has studied the unique inner city economies of over 100 U.S. cities since 1994. We analyze how industries interact in these challenging environments, and the strategies that the most successful inner city companies use to maximize their opportunities and overcome business obstacles.

Through our Inner City 100 program, we work with the nation’s fastest-growing urban businesses and study what makes them so successful.

With our Inner City Capital Connections program, we match inner city companies with potential investors and address the barriers urban firms face when trying to access capital.

Our job is to help more inner city companies grow and scale.

Case History

Three Ways to Anchor Your Urban Business

Columbus Woodruff, founder and CEO of the full-service printing and design shop Hotcards.com, looked for opportunities to supply the Cleveland Clinic for many years.With an annual budget of $5 billion, the Clinic is a major “anchor institution” that offers an enormous market opportunity for local Cleveland businesses. Through the local Chamber of Commerce, Woodruff met Clinic purchasers and impressed them with Hotcards’ offerings. The Clinic has since become one of Hotcards’ largest customers, and the company has leveraged the Clinic relationship to attract other large clients, including LiveNation, Budweiser and Anheuser Busch. Read the article.

THE VOICE OF URBAN OPPORTUNITY

ICIC’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector engagement that leads to jobs, income and wealth creation for local residents.
 

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CEO Insights

Avalon International Breads, Detroit MI

Ann Perrault and Jackie Victor, Owners Avalon International Breads

  • Picking the right employees is the key to survival of the business. We have a very talented labor pool right here. I'd say the workforce is the most important part of our entire business.

Richard Martin,

CEO

Origen Biomedical, Austin TX

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