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Resources for Inner City CEOs

Capital, know-how and the tools to succeed

Nominate or Apply for ICCC

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

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ICCC: Helping Businesses Achieve Sustainable Growth

2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program, launched in 2005 to help inner city companies overcome the challenges of small business development. Over the past decade, ICCC participants have raised $1.32 billion in capital for their companies and created 11,074 jobs in their local communities.


ICCC is a national program designed to accelerate small business growth and access to capital. ICCC helps firms in the growth-to-exit stage overcome obstacles to reach their respective goals. Our participants experience different business challenges from the need for capital to restructuring growth strategies.


The program began in:

  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Birmingham, AL 
  • Boston, MA
  • Dallas, TX

The culminating conference was held in New York in November.


As part of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, ICCC helps small businesses in economically distressed areas access capital, achieve sustainable growth, and provides a forum where companies can connect with capital providers. Executive Education, led by top-tier professors from leading entrepreneurship institutions, covers a range of practical skills—from strategy and entrepreneurial finance to marketing and investor pitch presentations. Through intensive coaching sessions, small business owners connect with capital providers from an exclusive portfolio made available through our partners. The culminating program event is the national conference, where program participants put learning into practice and can market and pitch their businesses.



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Frequently Asked Questions

Download the 2015 ICCC Impact Report​

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 on WCVB-TV's CityLine

On August 30, 2015, ICIC's Steve Grossman and Hyacinth Vassell appeared on CityLine to discuss ICCC's Boston launch.

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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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