ICIC 2021
Impact Report


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Table of Contents

Stories of Impact
Our Impact
Program Updates
Funders & Sponsors

Chairman’s Foreword:
Creating meaningful connections

The past 21 months presented new and unprecedented challenges to small businesses as communities were hit hard by COVID-19, shutdowns and ensuing economic turmoil. Add the continued disruption caused by the pandemic to the everyday challenges faced by lower income and under-resourced communities, and 2021 proved to be a second consecutive year of setbacks and devastation.

But Americans are resilient, and success stories abound. You’ll learn about many within the pages of this year’s Impact Report, which we fittingly have titled “Emerge Stronger.”

ICIC’s mission, vision and values have always been centered around driving inclusive economic prosperity and closing wealth gaps by supporting small businesses in under-resourced and under-represented communities. Community is at the heart of ICIC, and this year’s Stories of Impact speak loudly and proudly to these values.

Ronald A. Homer, Chairman Read More »

CEO’s Letter:
Emerging stronger than ever

It’s been 21 months since we last met in person. Shook hands without hesitation. Greeted customers with smiles that weren’t covered by masks. Or spoke without being a safe distance apart.

During this time of uncertainty, we’ve lost more than our sense of normalcy. There’s been a tremendous loss of jobs, income, and businesses, as well as the ultimate sacrifice, a tragic loss of far too many lives.

Despite the struggles we’ve collectively faced, there have been some silver linings.

Operating outside our comfort zones has challenged us to innovate, adapt, build resilience, and pivot when necessary. To prevail and emerge stronger, we had to – and must continue to – think and operate differently.

Steve Grossman, CEO Read More »