CIC is 10 years old! We celebrated a decade of empowering small businesses throughout the region at Ix Art Park on Nov 5. CIC10 served as our anniversary event and entrepreneur reunion - giving us a chance to reconnect, reminisce, and dream for the future!

We hope you enjoyed great food, awesome vendors, and lively music as we looked back on the success of our community over the last 10 years and began to dream about what’s in store for the next 10.

Thank you for helping to make this event a success! If you were a sponsor, purchased a ticket or invited a friend, you are appreciated.

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Make a donation, follow us on social, volunteer with one of our programs or cruise around our website to learn more about our programs and services. 

How it Started

CIC stemmed from economic justice conversations hosted by the Dialogue on Race, prompting further exploration of micro-business development in our local community. Our first 16-week workshop launched in 2012, but the idea was developed in 2011. Forty-eight individuals from across the community  determined that creating a micro-lending organization alone would not be sufficient to assist entrepreneurial pursuits.

To be successful, we would need to: 

  • Develop partnerships with local agencies and banks to identify the entrepreneurs. 
  • Provide in-depth business training to prepare new business owners for the necessary details of budgeting, sales, marketing, human resource planning, etc
  • Enhance the existing mentoring network for connecting new entrepreneurs with business leaders and resources. 
  • Fill the “hole” in financial instruments – offer loans up to $35,000 at reasonable interest rates with appropriately scaled timelines and collateral requirements. 
  • Help build business credit and work to build clients’ assets so they can access traditional sources of financing
First Entrepreneur Workshop Class

How it’s Going

We’ve stayed focused on these core needs for 10 years and with the help of so many in the region and beyond, we’re proud to be celebrating our accomplishments that include:

  • Our 500th entrepreneur will complete our 16-week workshop in November
  • Continue to serve over 220 clients per year through our mentoring, financing, and networking programming
  • Increased loan max to $50,000; Financed $2.4 million in loans to 180 businesses
  • Opened 131 new businesses and created 288 new full time equivalent jobs
  • Host the top performing Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Virginia that served 800 counseling or training clients in 2021, helping them access over $25 million in capital to grow their businesses

While we’ve grown in many ways over the years, our core focus remains the same: assisting under-resourced entrepreneurs in growing their businesses.  Join us on November 5th to hear about how we plan to continue that growth in the decade to come!

First Zoom Entrepreneur Workshop Class

CIC10 Details

Date: CIC10 was held on Saturday, November 5, 2022

Time: 5PM – 8PM

Location: Ix Art Park 522 2nd St SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902



Thank you to our CIC10 Sponsors!






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