Empowering small business for big change

CIC strengthens our community and contributes to economic development by fueling the success of under-resourced entrepreneurs through education, mentoring, micro-lending and networking.

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Every $1 spent by CIC generates $5.29 in wages in our community

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 $5.29 in wages from job creation in our community.

86Businesses Opened

157FTE Jobs Created

9.3Million Generated Wages

Our Pillars

Training

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.

Networking

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

Mentoring

We pair entrepreneurs with an experience business owner from the community for ongoing advisory support.

Financing

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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