The ICSB Academy Opens

The ICSB Academy Opens

When we designed the ICSB Academy Program, our objective was to further enforce ICSB’s mission to facilitate learning related to entrepreneurship.

We also wanted to inject enthusiasm, energy, and creativity in our conference by designing a program that was targeting younger participants — both as aspiring entrepreneurs and/or running diverse ventures. This is one of the fundamental pillars of ICSB.

With that in mind, we sought out a global faculty of experts in all domains with a passion for teaching. We also needed a host university and some great partners to help with all the logistics. We are proud to say that the ICSB Academy vision and efforts are coming together with an electrifying opening kicked-off by our incoming ICSB President, Dr. Luca Iandoli.

Some quick facts to showcase ICSB 2016 Academy:

  • 141 STUDENTS

We want to thank Stevens Institute of Technology for opening their classrooms, campus, and dorms for our ICSB Academy Students.

We also want to thank New Jersey Institute of Technology for supporting our Academy activities and hosting a lunch! Please see the full ICSB Academy Program at

You also have to download the ICSB App to see the pictures and posts from our Academy students! To download, click here.

Have you downloaded the ICSB 2016 World Conference app?

Have you downloaded the ICSB 2016 World Conference app?

Did you know that you can keep track of what is going on at ICSB 2016 through our mobile app? The app lets you:

  • access our ICSB 2016 Program, with an hour by hour schedule of events.
  • communicate with other attendees.
  • view an interactive map paired with Google to guide you through the day.
  • stay up today with changes or updates to conference proceedings.
  • read conference speaker bios and backgrounds.

The ICSB 2016 World Conference app is free to download. The app will be our primary means of communicating to conference attendees. We strongly recommend that you download it right away.

Download today

iPhone users can download the app at the iTunes app store.

Android users can download the app on Google Play.

Using the app

Setting up your account

After you have downloaded the app, you will be asked to create a profile. First, you will need to enter your email address and a password. Next, you will be asked to enter your name and job title, and organization. You can add contact information such as your email address and phone number. Finally, you can connect your social media accounts (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+).

Once you have registered your account, you will have access to a wealth of information. Your activity stream will keep you current on what other attendees are sharing at the conference. You can also view an alphabetical list of attendees, as well as the complete conference schedule.

Notes and messages

Swipe right to see an area for messages and notes. You can send private messages to other people at the conference, and you can also create notes for yourself.


The app gives you access to two different kinds of maps. Interactive Map shows you the layout of the United Nations Trusteeship Chamber and a campus map of Stevens Institute of Technology. The Map section of the app shows you a Google map marked with conference locations in Manhattan and Hoboken.

Get a head start

Our ICSB 2016 mobile app has everything you need to get the most you can out of this year’s World Conference. But you don’t have to wait until you get here to start. Download the app today to learn more about the speakers, sessions, and your fellow ICSB attendees.

Don’t miss Wednesday’s Pre-Conference Public Policy Forum

Don’t miss Wednesday’s Pre-Conference Public Policy Forum

Before the full conference starts, join us on Wednesday, July 15 from 12:30pm to 5pm for our Pre-Conference Public Policy Forum, “Measuring and Evaluating Small Business & Entrepreneurship: Are We Doing It Right?”

This year’s forum will focus on two topics: a round-up of global policy changes in different countries, and a detailed examination of how best to measure SMEs.

Questions to be covered include:

  • What are the different tools available to measure and evaluate SMEs and/or entrepreneurship development?
  • What databases, statistical sets and ranking systems are already being produced by researchers, and which governments can use them?
  • How reliable and relevant are they? How can we successfully integrate them into policy making?
  • What do governments and policymakers want from researchers in this arena?
  • What are the difficulties and challenges in developing workable instruments?

Schedule of Events

A preliminary schedule follows. For the most current scheduling information, download our mobile app.

12:30-12:45pm – Opening Panel Session

ICSB President Dr. Ki-Chan Kim will give opening remarks.

12:45-1:15pm – Global Policy & Regulatory Update

Dr. Michael Schaper, Deputy Chairperson, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission will provide a brief overview of key policy changes regarding small business and entrepreneurship in several different countries.

1:15-2:00pm – Developing SME & Entrepreneurship Indices: What Are The Big Issues

Dr. Donna J. Kelley, Board Member, Global Entrepreneurship Research Association (GERA) and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Frederic C. Hamilton Chair of Free Enterprise at Babson College will discuss the key indices that have been developed, their strengths and weaknesses, and the methodological challenges involved in developing and using the databases.

2:00-2:20pm – Afternoon Tea and Networking

2:20-3:45pm – Indices In Action: Some Examples

Dr. Giuseppe Zollo, Dr. Kelly G. Shaver, and Dr. Hugo Kantis will talk about their data sets, including how they can be used by policy makers.

3:45-4:45pm – A Policymaker’s Perspective

Mr. Brian Headd, Office of Economic Research, Small Business Dynamics, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Hon Craig Foss MP will discuss the utilization of databases from their perspectives as policymakers.

4:45pm-5:00pm – Conclusion & Future Planning

Registration is only $75, and seats are still available. Claim yours today.

ICSB congratulates these Global Entrepreneurship Education Excellence Award Finalists

ICSB congratulates these Global Entrepreneurship Education Excellence Award Finalists

At this year’s World Conference, ICSB will honor academics who practice innovation in the classroom by awarding the ICSB Global Awards in Entrepreneurship Education Excellence. These awards recognize excellence in entrepreneurship education at the programmatic level. Each is awarded on a competitive basis, with only one institution winning in each category per year.

The Outstanding International Specialist Entrepreneurship Program Award

This award is given to a college or university that has developed and currently offers a high quality and innovative program whose purpose is to educate and train future generations of entrepreneurs in a niche or specialty area.

Outstanding International Specialist Entrepreneurship Program Award Finalists

  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (USA) – Dr. Jeff Vanevenhoven, Associate Professor of Management, Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator and Institute for Water Business Mentor as the submitter
  • Northern Illinois University (USA) – Dr. Christine H. Mooney, Associate Professor of Social Entrepreneurship as the submitter
  • Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY) (USA) – Dr. Monica Dean as the submitter
  • Kuwait University (Kuwait) – Dr. Abrar Ebel as the submitter

MBA Entrepreneurship Award

This award is given to colleges and universities that have developed and currently offer high quality and innovative programs whose purpose is to educate and train future generations of entrepreneurs.

MBA Entrepreneurship Award Finalist

  • McMaster University (Canada) – Dr. Lofti Belkhir, Chair of Eco-Entrepreneurship, Master of Engineering, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, W Booth School of Engineering Practice as the submitter

The finalists will be making their presentations before a panel of judges on Friday, June 17. Our judges are:

  • Marco Cucculelli, Universita Politecnica Delle Marche (Italy)
  • Datuk (Dr) Hafsah Hashim, Chief Executive Officer, SME Corp Malaysia (Malaysia)
  • Jeffrey Hornsby, Moderator and ICSB Awards Chair

The awards will be given at our gala dinner on the evening of June 17. Please join us in congratulating these finalists.

It’s not too late to register for ICSB 2016

It’s not too late to register for ICSB 2016

The 61st Annual ICSB World Conference starts next week, but it’s not too late to register. The conference kicks off at United Nations headquarters in New York City on June 16th, and then moves to the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey on June 17th and 18th.

This year, the conference will focus on the role of entrepreneurship in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We invite NGOs, scholars, social entrepreneurs, policymakers and others to present their research and discuss current issues. We believe that when governments around the world have a better understanding of programs and opportunities for entrepreneurs, those governments can experience transformational change.

Our list of distinguished international speakers includes:

In addition to offering opportunities for learning and professional development, ICSB 2016 is also an unparalleled networking event for scholars and educators to discuss their scholarship and research with hundreds of international delegates.

Conference registration includes access to all conference sessions, a welcome reception, a conference bag, documentation (including the conference program and proceedings), coffee breaks, buffet lunches, and a ticket to our gala dinner.

Register for ICSB 2016 today. Discounts are available to ICSB members, presenting authors, and doctoral students.

The P3 Solution CEO Sherron Washington to Speak at ICSB 2016

The P3 Solution CEO Sherron Washington to Speak at ICSB 2016

Does marketing have to be complicated? The P3 Solution CEO Sherron Washington doesn’t think so. For nearly 20 years, Ms. Washington has been helping small businesses, non-profit organizations, and entrepreneurs develop marketing strategies that innovate while still being easy to execute.

About Sherron Washington

Sherron Washington specializes in “marketing simple.” She is the author of Market Simple: The Blueprint I Wish I Had When I Started A Business: The Small Business Guide To An Easy Marketing Plan, an instructional workbook that teaches small business owners how to write a one-page marketing plan. She is also the founder of Market Simple: The Summit, a one-day interactive workshop designed to help business owners become better marketers and communicators.

Ms. Washington will be presenting a session titled “Simplified Social Media Marketing as a means to helping SMEs Become More Effective.” This interactive workshop is designed to demonstrate how SMEs and entrepreneurs can understand and use social media to market better. She will discuss how SMEs and entrepreneurs can capture and maintain success by assessing which platforms to best thrive in, how to develop accurate strategies on those platforms, and how to streamline the implementation of those methods to leverage their efforts when using social media.

Sherron Washington has been a Business Communication professor for 10 years at Trinity University in Washington, DC and Stevenson University in Baltimore, MD. She holds a Masters of Arts in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a double minor in Business and Media Technology.

“I am thrilled about the opportunity to get in-depth perspectives about issues that affect small businesses globally” said Ms. Washington. “I look forward to connecting with this diverse group of incredible experts.”

About ICSB 2016

Founded in 1955, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) was the first international membership organization to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide. The organization brings together educators, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from around the world to share knowledge and expertise in their respective fields. Each year, ICSB members and affiliates come together to discuss relevant issues and share information at conferences all around the world.

This year, the ICSB World Conference will take place at multiple locations in New York and New Jersey. The conference gets started at United Nations Headquarters on June 16, and then moves to the Stevens Institute of Technology on June 17 and 18. Registration is open to the public, but limited and expected to sell out. ICSB 2016 will focus on the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in advancing the UN New Sustainable Development Goals.

For more information about the conference, or to secure your seat, please click here or visit the ICSB website at