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

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator

Business Planning

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

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

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

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Retention
  • Workforce Training
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Retirement/Pension/Investment Services
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Recruiting
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Equity and Inclusion Training/Practice/Support
  • Employee Development
  • Emotional Well-being Support

Import and Export Assistance

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

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Human Resources

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Branding/Rebranding


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

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

Public Policy and Government Relations

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

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts

Starting a Business

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


  • 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
  • International Trade Education and Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
Primary Contact
Derek Sexton
56 Warren St
Suite 300
Roxbury, MA 02109