Founded by Michael Porter, we’re the authority on inner city economic development, with a commitment to scaling small businesses.


The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) is a nonprofit strategy and research organization based in Boston, MA, and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and business development. Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, ICIC supports public and private sector decision makers with analysis and programs that lead to urban investment, jobs and growth.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development

Business Planning

  • Business Succession Planning
  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Market Plan Development

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investment
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Crowdfunding
  • Trade Show Financial Assistance
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loans
  • Debt Funding
  • Equity Funding
  • Government Funding
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Tax Credits
  • Technology Grants
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Bonding
  • Grant Funding
  • Matching Funds
  • Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring)
  • Venture Capital
  • Microloans

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Hiring and Firing
  • Recruiting
  • Workforce Training
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Employee Development
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives

Import and Export Assistance

  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Certification and Licensing
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Accounting
  • Board Development
  • Funds Development
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Audits
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • State Business Issues
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • Women’s Business Issues

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • International Trade Education and Training

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Equity and Inclusion Training/Practice/Support
  • Emotional Well-being Support
  • Retirement/Pension/Investment Services

Marketing and Sales

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Branding/Rebranding
Primary Contact
Derek Sexton
56 Warren St
Suite 300
Roxbury, MA 02109