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Form an ICSB Affiliate or Chapter

ICSB is an affiliate-based organization in which all members of an affiliate organization are also members of ICSB

The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) is a non-profit, affiliate-based organization whose mission is to advance the understanding of entrepreneurship and small business issues. Through its member affiliates, ICSB facilitates the creation and dissemination of new knowledge through research, education, policy and practice, and the open exchange of ideas between professions and across national and cultural boundaries.

The ICSB embraces the following four pillars:

  1. Researchers, who provide the evidence upon which decisions about small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurship can be made;
  2. Policy makers, who are responsible for the road map for supporting entrepreneurship and SME development;
  3. Practitioners and business service providers, who help to nurture SMEs and facilitate entrepreneurship through their advice and support;
  4. Educators, who facilitate learning related to entrepreneurship and starting and/or running diverse ventures.

Affiliate Formation

In any developed or developing country or group of countries where there are at least fifty (50) members of ICSB, the members may petition for the granting of Affiliate status. Such petitions shall be reviewed by the Board and such Affiliate status shall be granted upon the approval of a majority of the Board. Every member in good standing of an Affiliate shall be considered a member in good standing of ICSB with full privileges and benefits. Every member of an Affiliate shall be dues paying members of the ICSB.

Chapter Formation

Any national or multinational group related on a geographical basis may petition to form a Chapter if fifteen (15) or more voting members of ICSB reside within a geographical area. The petition shall contain the name of the chairperson for the group and at least two assistant chairpersons. Such petitions shall be reviewed by the Board and such Chapter Status shall be granted upon the approval of a majority of the Board.

Please fill out the Application Form below to begin the process of forming an ICSB Affiliate or Chapter.

Form an Affiliate / Chapter in a Developed Country

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Form an Affiliate / Chapter in a Developing Country

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Thank you for your interest in joining the ICSB Community! Once we receive and process your application, we will contact you regarding the next stage of the application process — initial contract negotiations and an in-person or virtual meeting.