Welcome to OIC of America
OIC of America, Inc. (OICA) is a non-profit organization that operates through a national network of local affiliated organizations. OICA has 44 affiliates in 22 states and the District of Columbia. OICA has forty-seven years of experience in serving the poor, unemployed, underemployed, youth, and families.
OIC of America has trained over 2 million people nationwide since its origin…Read More
Entrepreneurial Mindset Initiative
The OIC of America Entrepreneurial Mindset Initiative is a contemporary re-birth of a proven legacy for success through a dynamic combination of activities designed to encourage and enable under-represented individuals to become successful business owners.
For generations, African American unemployment and underemployment has been at least double that of whites. While there have been gains in education, the wealth gap between African Americans and other groups has not closed. Serious efforts must be made to encourage and support the development and success of African-American business owners.
Read Chairman Taylor’s Manifesto to understand the basis for the Entrepreneurial Mindset Initiative.
Reverend Dr. Leon Sullivan, Founder
Rev. Sullivan believed that jobs were the key to the economic development and true empowerment of African Americans rather than a dependence upon public assistance, and founded the very first OIC training center in 1964 in an abandoned jailhouse in North Philadelphia.
In addition to holding honorary doctorate degrees from over 50 colleges and universities, Rev. Sullivan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George H. W. Bush, honoring him for his “voice of reason for over forty years” and a lifetime of work in helping the economically and socially disadvantaged people in the world…