Concerted International Small Business Policy: Unified Agenda Needed for a Sustainable Global Economy

Concerted International Small Business Policy: Unified Agenda Needed for a Sustainable Global Economy

Last week, world experts gathered in Washington DC at the George Washington University for the 8th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference to engage in a much-needed dialogue centered around global entrepreneurship.
This group of experts composed of leaders from the United States, Korea, Canada, Italy, China, Argentina, Egypt, and the United Nations were united in their support for Micro-, Small-, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).  As the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) stated in their recent scorecard for SMEs, there is solid evidence for the need to improve SME policy making. We must advance the workforce not only in America, but in nations across the world to create jobs for Industrial Revolution 4.0—careers that can survive recent and continuing technological advances. One unified message that transcended borders on campus last week was the need for humane entrepreneurship and the desire for a global guide for prosperous MSME development.

Experts from US, Italy, and Egypt in a panel discussion.

According to the Korean delegation, Professors Zong Tae Bae (professor of KAIST University), Ki-Chan Kim (professor at Catholic University), and Former Minister of Small and Medium Business Administration for the Republic of Korea Young-Sup Joo, humane entrepreneurship and a creative economy will be the cornerstone of the next generation of entrepreneurship.  Humane entrepreneurship (HE) is the melding of both the Human Cycle and the Business Cycle. The need for equity, empowerment, and enabling of the human while also creating an entrepreneurial environment which includes innovation, risk taking, and being proactive. Both require commitment to the employee and innovation for business success. However, regardless of where they were from, the people in the room believed the most valuable element for business development was the devotion to the employee. In addition, Korea is already focusing on SME development through a creative economy. Former SME Minister Young-Sup Joo illustrated how they are nurturing SMEs to develop their creative economy through high quality jobs and admired companies to name a few, but he went on to say that it will take global cooperation and inter-governmental efforts to reach the utmost success.


Dr. Roberto Parente, Professor at Salerno University

While the Korean delegation focused on the human and enterprise cycles, the Italian representatives believe that lawmakers must take this analysis one step further as presented by Dr. Roberto Parente (professor from Salerno University). While we nurture the employee, while we support innovation and business profits, we must also make a commitment both inside the company and outside the company. Policies should support the people, the business and the ecosystem. As an employee is committed to the business, the business makes a commitment to their environment. Then, the bionetwork will help society and nurture the business which will then compensate the employee. They believe this circle of give-and-take will lead to a prosperous global economy. In summation, the company should manage inside and outside the organization—profit, people, and planet.


Dr. Luca Iandoli, Immediate Past President of ICSB

Whether it was discussing industrial automation, trade-offs and benefits of different small business policy, women and entrepreneurship or even entrepreneurial coursework all of this dialogue was a product of the 8th annual George Washington University Entrepreneurship Conference. The annual entrepreneurship conference continued the current worldwide conversation between the public and private sectors as well as academia regarding the need for not only a robust global economy, but one that treats employees with dignity and respect.


The conference also highlighted the Giffoni Film Festival, which is a case study for humane entrepreneurship through the arts and humanities involving the youth of the world. A film festival, ranked number one by social networking standards, has touched more than 500,000 children over nearly five decades illustrating the importance of creating a business model that brings wealth to a community and also educates our young minds. Giffoni brings children from over fifty countries together and teaches them to look beyond their differences and accept each other. Other individuals recognized on behalf of their work for the small business community included Former Minister of Small and Medium Business Administration for the Republic of Korea Young-Sup Joo, who was instrumental in the formalization of UN MSME Name Day, and Professor George Solomon, a life-long academic professional specializing in entrepreneurship and small business management.

At the end of every conference, there should always be a take-away or the “what’s next?” The Republic of Korea has their opinions on how to advance the global economy, the Italians have their viewpoint on what to do to keep our world vibrant, now, all of us need to make sure this information is getting into the right hands. We want to continue the conversation about the importance of humane entrepreneurship, but we also want to highlight the need for guiding principles for Micro-, Small and Medium-sized enterprises worldwide. As we have said before, a unified front, a global strategy, a worldwide effort will ensure that all countries are prepared for the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

However, it is going to take the support of many nations to ensure the correct course of action is taken.  A concerted effort will enable the world to fulfill the growing global workforce, the 600 million jobs gap that will be created in the next fifteen years according to the World Bank. Today, ICSB calls on the United Nations General Assembly to not only recognize MSMEs on their Name Day, but also, help nations work together to build the global policy framework necessary for sound small business development worldwide.


Dr. El Tarabishy is the Executive Director of ICSB and a Teaching Professor of Management at the George Washington University’s School of Business.

Dr. Sargeant is the Senior Vice-President of Development and Advocacy with ICSB and previously served as Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) is a non-profit organization devoted to continuing management education for entrepreneurs and small business. The ICSB is a co-author of the resolution for United Nations MSME Day.

Still Time to Submit to GCEC!

Still Time to Submit to GCEC!

If you have a topic that you would like to present or a panel session you would like to organize at the upcoming GCEC Entrepreneurship Conference on October 12-14, 2017, submit your proposal by July 21st with the button on the right.








October 12-14, 2017

Halifax, capital of Nova Scotia, Canada

Halifax is a historic port city on the Atlantic Ocean and a major economic center in Atlantic Canada. GCEC attendees can take advantage of the Celtic Colors International Festival featuring world class concerts and events, view the change of season colors, tour the Tall Ships and take other Historic Tours, and enjoy Lobster and other Culinary Adventures, wineries, whale watching, world class golfing, hiking, cycling, rafting, kayaking, national parks, and visit five world-renown UNESCO-designated landscapes.


Keynote Speakers this year will include Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande. Desh founded Cascade Communications with only $1,000 and later sold it for $3.7 billion.  He has a 30-year entrepreneurial career as the founder, founding investor or chairman of several companies including Sycamore Networks, Coral Networks, Tejas Networks, Cimaron, Webdialogs, Airvana, Sandstone Capital, A123 Systems and Curata. Dr. Deshpande lives in Boston and his support has made possible MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.  The Deshpande Foundation has facilitated the setup of five other centers including the Pond-Deshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick.


The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) is the premier academic organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to the nation’s university-based centers for entrepreneurship. With over 250 university members, it has become the vehicle by which the top, established entrepreneurship centers, as well as emerging centers, work together to share best practices, develop programs, and collaborate in advancing, strengthening, and celebrating the role of universities in teaching the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

The annual GCEC Conference is an opportunity to share information about your university’s entrepreneurship programs and to gain exposure for your successful initiatives.  It is also an opportunity to learn from the best practices at other universities and to network with entrepreneurship faculty, center directors, and entrepreneurship leaders from the top universities from around the world.   Last year’s conference hosted by the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology was attended by over 400 university entrepreneurship leaders!



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2017 annual CCSBE conference at Laval University in Quebec City (May 11th – 13th, 2017)

2017 annual CCSBE conference at Laval University in Quebec City (May 11th – 13th, 2017)

We’ve missed you!  We need you!  The truth is, we’d really just love to see you again. We would like to invite you to a special CCSBE Homecoming event at the 2017 conference at Laval University this May.

As you may know, CCSBE is in the process of re- building its reach across Canada and we hosting a special  Homecoming Workshop and networking session at this year’s 2017 conference to share and discuss new initiatives to revitalize our organization. Your input, experience and perspective would be greatly valued as an important contribution to this dialogue and hence the special invitation.

We are very excited about the conference at Laval this year, and have a very special line up of speakers – two of whom are profiled below, with more to follow:

Dr. Heidi Neck (Babson College)

Heidi is a Jeffry Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson (and incoming President of USASBE), who teaches entrepreneurship at the MBA and executive levels. Her research interests include entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship inside organizations, and creative thinking. Neck is the lead author of Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach—a book written to help educators teach entrepreneurship in more experiential and engaging ways.

Dr. Ted Zoller (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Ted is a Senior Kauffman Fellow and T.W. Lewis Clinical Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Ted oversees the teaching and outreach programs of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC Kenan-Flagler. His research focuses on the role and structure of entrepreneurial networks and the interrelationships with investor syndicates. 

More exciting speakers to be announced soon.

  • February 20th, 2017: Deadline for submission of proposals for academic paper abstracts, workshop sessions, and panel discussions:
  • March 10th, 2017: Deadline for early bird registration and payment
  • April 10th, 2017: Deadline for submission of full paper or final version of abstract

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLICATION: in the CCSBE Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (JSBE) for full papers presented at the conference that meet peer review criteria as well as in a Special Issue of JSBE on the Globalization and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.

Contact CCSBE Conference Committee for Questions & More Information

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Le développement des PME et de l’entrepreneuriat dans le nouveau contexte de la mondialisation
11 au 13 mai 2017, Université Laval, Québec

La Faculté des sciences de l’administration de l’Université Laval (FSA ULaval) a le plaisir de vous inviter à la conférence annuelle du Conseil canadien pour les PME et l’entrepreneuriat,
du 11 au 13 mai 2017, dans la ville de Québec.

Depuis la crise financière mondiale de 2008, la mondialisation est entrée dans une phrase tumultueuse. Étant le moteur de l’innovation et de la création d’emplois, les PME et les entrepreneurs sont plus que jamais intéressés à s’internationaliser afin de mieux exploiter de nouveaux marchés et développer de nouvelles compétences. Les défis de la mondialisation ne se réduisent pas à la conquête des marchés extérieurs. Pour les PME qui décident d’œuvrer sur les marchés domestiques, être capable d’exploiter e cacement et éthiquement des ressources provenant des marchés extérieurs, et savoir se positionner en tenant compte de nouveaux facteurs locaux comme internationaux, constituent de nouveaux impératifs stratégiques.

Les chercheurs, entrepreneurs, enseignants, gestionnaires, étudiants, décideurs politiques et toutes autres personnes qui s’intéressent à promouvoir les PME et l’entrepreneuriat sont invités à participer à ce grand rassemblement. Nous acceptons les propositions de projets de communication, de panel et de symposium dans tous les domaines reliés aux PME et à l’entrepreneuriat, notamment sur les thèmes suivants :

  • Entrepreneuriat international
  • Défis de l’internationalisation pour les PME
  • Politiques des pouvoirs publics envers l’internationalisation des PME
  • PME et innovation
  • PME et développement durable
  • PME et révolution numérique
  • Gestion de la croissance des PME
  • Femmes entrepreneures
  • Entrepreneuriat des immigrants
  • Entrepreneuriat technologique
  • Entrepreneuriat des autochtones
  • Entrepreneuriat social
  • Entrepreneuriat comparé
  • Développement de la culture entrepreneuriale
  • Enseignement de l’entrepreneuriat


La Faculté des sciences de l’administration de l’Université Laval (FSA ULaval) a le plaisir de vous inviter à la conférence annuelle du Conseil canadien pour les PME et l’entrepreneuriat, du 11 au 13 mai 2017 dans la ville de Québec.

La Chaire Stephen-A.-Jarislowsky en gestion des affaires internationales, ainsi que le
Carré des affaires FSA ULaval-Banque Nationale, la Chaire en entrepreneuriat et innovation et la Chaire de leadership en enseignement – Femmes et organisations, assument la responsabilité organisationnelle de cet événement.


Le 20 février 2017
Date limite pour la soumission des projets de communication, de panel et de symposium, en français ou en anglais.

Chaque projet soumis sera évalué de façon anonyme en fonction de sa pertinence et de sa qualité. La décision sera communiquée à chaque auteur deux semaines après la réception du projet.

Le 10 mars 2017
Date limite pour l’inscription et le paiement au tarif préférentiel.

Le 10 avril 2017
Date limite pour la soumission du texte définitif ou la version finale du résumé, en français ou en anglais.


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2017 CCSBE Conference Call for Papers

2017 CCSBE Conference Call for Papers

The development of SMEs and entrepreneurship in the new context of globalization
May 11th to 13th, 2017, Université Laval, Québec City

The Faculty of Business Administration of Université Laval (FSA ULaval) is very pleased to welcome you to the annual conference of the Canadian Council for SMEs and Entrepreneurship, from
May 11th to 13th, 2017 in Québec City.

Since the global financial crisis of 2008, globalization has taken a tumultuous dimension. Being the engine of innovation and job creation, SMEs and entrepreneurs, more than ever before, are challenged to internationalize in order to better exploit new markets and develop new competencies. The challenges of globalization are not just limited to how to conquer foreign markets. For SMEs that decide to venture within domestic markets, being able to e ectively and ethically exploit resources from international markets, and to take a stand in the light of new domestic and external factors becomes new strategic imperatives.

Researchers, entrepreneurs, teachers, administrators, students, policy makers and all other persons interested in promoting SMEs and entre- preneurship are encouraged to participate in this great gathering. We accept proposals for academic papers, professional workshop sessions, and panel discussions in all fields related to SMEs and entrepreneurship, especially on the following topics:

  • International entrepreneurship
  • Challenges of internationalisation for SMEs
  • Government policies towards the internationalization of SMEs
  • SMEs and innovation
  • SMEs and sustainable development
  • SMEs and digital revolution
  • Management of SMEs growth
  • Women entrepreneurs
  • Immigrants entrepreneurship
  • Technological entrepreneurship
  • Aboriginal entrepreneurship
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Comparative study on entrepreneurship
  • Development of entrepreneurship culture
  • Entrepreneurship education


The Faculty of Business Administration of Université Laval (FSA ULaval) is pleased to invite you to the annual conference of the Canadian Council for SMEs and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE), from May 11 to 13, 2017 in Québec City.

Stephan-A.-Jarislowsky Chair in International Business, as well as FSA ULaval Business Square, the Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Chair of Leadership in Education – Women and Organizations, are responsible for the organisation of this event.


February 20th, 2017
Deadline for submission of proposals for academic papers, professional workshop sessions, and panel discussions, in English or French.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed, based on its relevance and quality. The Scientific Committee’s decision will be communicated to every author, two weeks after receipt of the proposal.

March 10th, 2017
Deadline for early bird registration and payment.

April 10th, 2017
Deadline for submission of full paper or final version of abstract, in English or French




CCSBE 2016 Conference — Call for Papers

CCSBE 2016 Conference — Call for Papers


The University of Guelph’s College of Business and Economics and Centre for Business and Student Enterprise (CBaSE) are pleased to host the annual conference of the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE) in Guelph, Ontario.

Entrepreneurs, educators, policy makers, business owners, students, and others interested
in promoting small business and entrepreneurship are encouraged to attend this event.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions should be made in Microsoft Word format. PDF formats will not be accepted. These should not exceed two (2) single-spaced pages with 1” margins in Times New Roman 12pt font, and should include:

  • Title
  • Topic(s) Discussed – a list of topics discussed will suffice
  • And either:
    • Abstract – abstracts should clearly state the purpose, method and expected
      findings of the study and be no more than 500 words in length; or,
    • Presentation/Workshop/Panel Summary – should describe the format and
      content of the presentation, workshop or panel and should be no more
      than 500 words in length.


Submissions Due: Feb. 5th
Notification of Acceptance: Feb. 26th
100-word Program Summary Due: Mar. 11th
Full Paper or Extended Abstract Due: Apr. 15th

Submissions should be emailed as an attachment with the subject “CCSBE Conference Administration” and sent to Please include the full name(s), title(s), organization(s) represented of all authors/presenters/facilitators in the email body.

Tracks are dependent on paper themes, and may include:

Enterprise education
Gender and Enterprise
Rural Enterprise
Social, Environmental and Ethical Enterprise
International Entrepreneurship
Business creation and innovation

For more information on the submission guidelines,

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