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 $6.28 in wages from job creation in our community.
288FTE Jobs Created
$21.81Million Generated Wages
Our 16-week 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.
"The CIC Entrepreneur Workshop gave me the business education and networking opportunities I needed to successfully launch my business."
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"CIC brought me into the world of business and started my initiation into business lingo, processes, and, most importantly, the warm community of co-entrepreneurs and CIC supporters. The most surprising and rewarding part is the growth of the network and getting to share in CIC opportunities for our business, as well as, savoring the successes of some of our classmates!"
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"If you plan on doing business in the Charlottesville region, it is essential that you go through CIC’s Entrepreneur Workshop. The wealth of information you gain is second to none...You access so many working professionals with real-world expertise on a daily basis."
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