Economic Development

Immigrants make up 17 percent of the US workforce, yet immigrant workers’ median annual wage remain low particularly for lower and middle skilled jobs. The college educated foreign born worker is often under employed. Such disparities can be improved through economic empowerment. We believe in creating new or adapting current economic development initiatives to support immigrant entrepreneurship and small business development. We facilitate economic development with year-round business development resources. We also host an annual African Diaspora Entrepreneurship Summit (AfDES) conference to increase access to resources for disadvantaged entrepreneurs.

Guests Listen in on a break off session during the AfDES 2019 Conference

African Diaspora Entrepreneurship Summit (AfDES)

Since 2017, ICS has led the community partners in organizing and hosting the AfDES. This summit provides information, resources, entrepreneurship opportunities, and facilitates the building of business linkages within the African Diaspora communities in the DC Metro region.  Are you a  local new American small business owner. We want to hear you. Share you journey and success stories

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