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Inner City Capital Connections Accepting Applications From Hartford-Area Small Businesses for “Mini-MBA” Program

  • Inner City Capital Connections to begin on Nov. 1
  • Initiative offers 40 hours of free business education to small business owners in Hartford and surrounding communities
  • Nominations can be submitted until Oct. 1, and business owners can apply through Oct. 15

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) is seeking nominations and applications from Hartford area small businesses as it prepares a third year of its free “mini-MBA” program.

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and Initiative for a Competitive Capital City are inviting people to nominate qualifying businesses by Oct. 1, and business owners may apply by Oct. 15. The program begins with two half-day seminars on Nov. 1 and 3.

ICCC includes 40 hours of digital learning sessions, webinars, and one-on-one coaching offered by university professors and local experts. The program is available in both English and Spanish.

The effort is focused on businesses in under-resourced communities, especially those owned by women or people of color. The organizers say these businesses have been hit harder by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and faced more challenges in recovering.

Previous rounds of the program have graduated 121 participants, who subsequently raised $1.42 million in capital and established 285 new jobs.

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