Empowering small business for big change

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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 $5.65 in wages from job creation in our community.

96Businesses Opened

203.5FTE Jobs Created

15.9Million Generated Wages

Our Pillars


Our 16-week workshop enables entrepreneurs to determine whether their business is viable, develop an initial plan for launch or growing, and learn the fundaments 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 an experience business owner from the community for ongoing advisory support.


We are filling the lending gap by offering micro-loans of up to $35,000 to qualified entrepreneurs.

Together we are strengthening our community.

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