ICSB Celebrates the Anniversary of MSMEs Day Resolution
Apr 6, 2018
06 April 2018, Seoul, South Korea -One year ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing the crucial role Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) play in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With support from ICSB, the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN authored the resolution that was presented to and negotiated with all UN member states. The resolution was co-sponsored by 54 member states, representing over 5 billion people.
The resolution (A/RES/71/279) designates June 27 as “Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Day”. MSMEs account for a significant share of employment and GDP around the world. The launch of the successful MSMEs International Day was a powerful reinforcement of their global impact. Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, all countries have been working for its implementation, which requires to ensure that every actor can contribute in the best possible way.
To celebrate the anniversary of the passage of the resolution, members of the ICSB Board partook in the “Humane Entrepreneurship and Innovation-driven Growth of SMEs International Forum” in Seoul, South Korea. Incoming President, Dr. Geralyn Franklin, spoke about the global impact of women and Executive Director, Dr. Ayman Tarabishy, discussed the need for creating 40 million jobs yearly in the next 15 years and how to achieve this goal through humane entrepreneurship. Finally, Argentinian Ambassador to the United Nations, Martin Garcia Moritan, spoke on how MSMEs have the potential to make a long-lasting positive impact on the world’s development needs and joined Korea in celebrating MSMEs on April 6th, the anniversary of the resolution.
6th Asia SME Conference Deadline Extended: March 31st
Apr 3, 2018
The ICSB – Asia Council for Small Business (ACSB) conference will be held from September 10th-13th, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. ACSB calls for submissions of extended abstracts from a broad range of topics within the field of entrepreneurship and small business (SME) research in various institutional, organizational and governance contexts through a variety of theoretical lens and using different methodological approaches. The extended deadline for submissions is March 31st.
ICSB Puerto Rico Announces Their Next Conference: April 12, 2018
Apr 3, 2018
ICSB Puerto Rico has announced their 4th conference to be held in the Interamerican University of PuertoRico, San Germán campus on April 12, 2018. The theme is “Normality or New Reality: Economic, entrepreneurial, political and religious perspective”. This conference series is designed to gather influential individuals from different sectors and stimulate an intellectual dialog in terms of what should be done as a country in order to recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma & María.
Each year, ICSB holds a Congress in a different area of the world to bring together practitioners, academics, and entrepreneurs to discuss medium, small, and micro-sized enterprises. The theme of the 2018 World Congress to be held in Taipei, Taiwan from June 26th-29th is “Reshaping the World Through Innovative SMEs”, which reaffirms the unshakable responsibility of SMEs in leading the world to the coming decades.
In addition to the main Congress, ICSB also brings students from around the world to the ICSB Academy. The Academy is a week-long entrepreneurship education program consisting of an immersive cross-cultural and experiential boot camp followed by activities and workshops in conjunction with the ICSB World Conference. The dynamic training program includes learning modules designed to take participants through the fundamental concepts of identifying entrepreneurial opportunities and creating a new venture. This year, the Academy is being held from June 24th-29th. For more information on the Academy, visit www.icsbacademy.com
08 March 2018, Washington DC, USA -The International Council for Small Business (ICSB), founded in 1955, is proud to take part in celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievement of women around the world, in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The #WeUnitedWe movement was created in an effort to promote the Decade of Women campaign and to achieve gender equality and full economic engagement by 2030.
The incoming President of ICSB, Geralyn Franklin says, “ICSB recognizes the important role that women play in society as a whole and especially in small businesses. In that sense, ICSB supports the notion that the world needs to support the development of women entrepreneurs and we are committed to our mission of continuing management education for entrepreneurs and small business.”
The importance of women entrepreneurs to the global economy is tangible. According to the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, 163 million women were starting businesses across 74 economies worldwide, while 111 million were running established businesses. The upcoming 2019 special issue of Journal of Small Business Management edited by Candida Brush, Linda F. Edelman, Amanda Bullough, and Diana M. Hechavarria focuses on advancing our understanding of high-potential female entrepreneurship around the world. The special issue will feature research presented at the 2017 Diana International Research Conference hosted by the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. The Diana Project was established in 1999 by Professors Brush, Carter, Gatewood, Greene, and Hart, in partnership with ESBRI in Stockholm. The Diana Project has led the research agenda in women’s entrepreneurship across continents, cultures, and contexts since its inception. During these years, Diana conferences have annually brought together more than 100 scholars from 16 different countries worldwide, providing an arena to share a global research agenda dedicated to answering questions about women entrepreneurs. In 2018, the Diana Conference will hosted in Asia for the first time, and hopes to welcome researchers from the region amongst all others to further advance our understanding of female entrepreneurship (more info can be found here: http://diana-conference.com).