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.
317FTE Jobs Created
$30.44Million Generated Wages
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.
"CIC gave me great tools to start my business on a solid foundation."
A plumbing company specializing in general service, plumbing repair, and new installations.Learn More
"I love the support CIC provides. They meet you where you are and provide resources for you to educate yourself, grow your business the way you want, and at a pace that works for you."
Mac and Mae
A lifestyle brand providing items in apparel, home decor, self-care, and more.Learn More
"CIC provided me with structure and accountability to make consistent progress on my business."
An education business that designs activities for school-aged children so they can explore STEAM careers at home, school, and beyond.Learn More