Empowering small business for big change

Culpeper, Orange and surrounding county residents! Let's build your business together!

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CIC’s mission is to strengthen our community and contribute to economic development by fueling the success of under-resourced entrepreneurs through education, mentoring, financing, and networking.

CIC was founded in 2011 and held its first workshop in May 2012. Since then, for every $1 spent by CIC, we have helped entrepreneurs generate $6.91 in wages from job creation in our community.

153Businesses Opened

317FTE Jobs Created

$30.44Million Generated Wages

Our Pillars


Our signature program, a 16-week Entrepreneur Workshop, enables entrepreneurs to determine whether their business is viable, develop an initial plan for launch or growing, and learn the fundamentals of how to act out that plan.


We create opportunities for entrepreneurs to build business networks and market their products and services through community events and press coverage.


We pair entrepreneurs with experienced business professionals from the community for ongoing advisory support.


We are filling the lending gap by offering micro-loans of up to $50,000 to qualified entrepreneurs.

Together we are strengthening our community.

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