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Resources for Inner City CEOs

Capital, know-how and the tools to succeed

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ICCC is now accepting nominations and applications for small business participants. Learn more.

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Inner City Capital Connections

Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is a national program designed to help small businesses in economically distressed areas access capital, achieve sustainable growth, and provide a forum where small businesses can connect with debt and equity providers. The program tuition is waived for selected participants.

Inner city businesses typically raise approximately 20 to 50% less growth capital than non-inner city businesses. This financing gap significantly limits the ability of inner city businesses to grow and create jobs in their communities. The goal of ICCC is to address this capital gap and assist small businesses in achieving sustainable growth, which in turn drives economic growth and job creation in inner cities and other economically distressed areas.

Download the 2013 ICCC Impact Report


2014 ICCC Program

ICCC is hosting executive education seminars in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Memphis and Dallas, where participants will explore the full spectrum of financial options available for their businesses and learn the importance of building business capacity to prepare for capital infusion. The interactive classroom curriculum has been designed for company owners, not prospective owners. The seminars will be taught by cutting-edge practitioners and professors from some of the finest graduate business schools in the country. All seminar professors have practical business experience and several are former entrepreneurs who understand the real world of business. Seminars will include panel discussions with capital providers, so that participants can hear firsthand what capital providers look for when making investments in businesses.

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Following the seminar, participants will have the opportunity to put their learning into action, market their company, and network with capital providers and peers at the ICCC Conference at Fortune Magazine in New York City on November 19-20, 2014. Selected companies will have the opportunity to formally pitch their businesses to capital providers at the ICCC Conference.

ICCC helps growing inner city businesses:

  • Optimize business growth strategy to attract capital providers
  • Obtain one-on-one feedback from seasoned capital providers and practitioners
  • Market the business - ICCC companies have been featured in publications such as The Wall Street JournalReutersInc.PortfolioPE HubMSN Money, and Small Business Television

For more additional resources and information about accessing capital for your business, visit our Links to Online Resources section.

For more information about ICCC, contact Hyacinth Vassell at or 617-238-3019.

ICCC Participant Seville Staffing on Access to Capital

  • I wish I was here 10 years ago

Joe Grigg,

President, Packaging Strategies

Baltimore, MD

  • 10 out of 10. This far exceeded my expectations

Gary Hobbs,

President, BWI

Indianapolis, IN

  • This has been my MBA wrapped up into 1 day! Absolutely fabulous. It was definitely worth the trip from Oklahoma. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Deemah Ramadan,

Partner, Design + Build Group

Oklahoma City, OK

  • I would recommend this conference to everyone in business 

Patrick Ralph,

President, Pediatric Dental Wellness

Houston, TX

  • This program has, in one day, propelled me to think about my business in another dimension 

Nadine Cino,

CEO, Tyga-Box Systems

New York, NY

  • Through ICCC we made a number of connections with people that will serve us well in our next equity round 

Arnulfo Ventura,


Los Angeles, CA

  • ICCC gave us a lot of exposure locally and nationally. We are building brand equity. We get more calls than we know what to do with now.

Angela Cauley,

CEO, Coalescence

Columbus, OH

  • It got me out of the office and thinking about bigger picture business issues

Andy Phillip,

President, Microlution

Chicago, IL

  • I don’t think I would have been able to receive this information from any other place. This experience has enriched my life and business. 

Gloria Freeman,

CEO, Olu

Minneapolis, MN

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