The South Side Innovation Center (SSIC) is a community-based microenterprise incubator operated by the Whitman School. The SSIC provides office space and equipment to foster the creation of new ventures and help existing businesses grow. Located in a modern facility in Syracuse’s South Side neighborhood, the SSIC serves as a small business resource center by hosting training programs, providing advice on individual business plans, and offering access to mentors and professional contacts.
The SSIC is open to small-business entrepreneurs in need of a professional work environment who want help in growing their ventures. Entrepreneurs must also be committed to business development on the South Side and neighboring communities. The program is part of an initiative which seeks to establish a vibrant entrepreneurial culture in the South Side and surrounding communities through the creation of sustainable ventures, infrastructure building, student and faculty engagement through consulting teams, a micro-credit loan fund, training programs for entrepreneurs, and opportunities for minority purchasing.