On behalf of the ICSB International Office (IO), we’d like to extend our best wishes for a prosperous 2017! Thank you for your enduring support and partnership in our never ending pursuit to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide.
2016 was memorable year for us, especially at the IO, as we played a central role in helping the organization grow. The highlight of the year was the ICSB 2016 World Conference in partnership with the United Nations.
Starting in January 2016, with the annual USASBE Conference in San Diego, CA USA, our Board of Directors convened for the mid-year Board meeting and participated in other conference activities such as the ICSB Korea-USASBE research matching program, the ICSB Presidential Awards and a JSBM special issue which shares the theme of the conference- ‘Entrepreneurship everywhere.’
In February, the IO was present at the Kauffman Foundation State of Entrepreneurship address in Washington DC, and assisted in the distribution of the updated questionnaire for the white book on humane entrepreneurship. March brought us back to San Diego for the California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (CEEC). An important development, was the engagement of Ambassador Oh Joon, and the Permanent Mission of Korea to the United Nations. Through the work of President KiChan Kim, and the many outstanding partners, Ambassador Oh Joon visited the The George Washington University as part of a lecture series.
Moving into April the ICSB 2016 World Conference was on the front of everyone’s agenda. The IO was fully committed to managing the event, and we worked extremely hard to ensure all the logistics were in place. President Kim welcomed ICSB members to Korea for an affiliate conference between April 3-8, to gain additional support, and where world leaders and CEOs committed to the Seoul Declaration of Humane Entrepreneurship. ICSB demonstrated its role in advocating for SME development worldwide.
In May, we confirmed officially the partnership of the United Nations for ICSB 2016. This was a tremendous achievement for the organization. For the past twenty years, officers and members have worked to engage with the UN at a higher level. ICSB was truly on it’s way to having a seat with the global players. Between May 11-13, in Leeds, United Kingdom, our European affiliates ECSB hosted their annual 3E Conference, and a week later, ICSB members travelled to Ontario, Canada for the 2016 CCSBE Conference at the University of Guelph.
At the 61st annual ICSB World Conference the week of June 13, 2016, ICSB convened a Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) Ministerial Roundtable at the United Nations Headquarters. Seven distinguished ministers were in attendance from the United States, South Korea, Egypt, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, and Argentina. Under the theme of “The Role of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” ICSB brought global attention to the importance of SMEs in our global economy. In addition to working with the UN, ICSB enjoys close relationships with the OECD, the World Bank Group, and other major international stakeholders. The new ICSB Indonesia affiliate was officially confirmed by the Board of Directors.
The IO, alongside Stevens Institute of Technology, served as the host and managed conference and pre-conference events over 6 days, and 700 participants from over 40 different countries. The second cohort of the ICSB Academy, embedded in the ICSB World Conference, continued to blossom with nearly 150 students in attendance. Dr. Luca Iandoli, President of ICSB in 2016-17, has played a key role in developing this program and the modules within the curriculum.
Also in June, the Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM), which is housed in the ICSB International Office, received an increase in the 2-year and 5-year impact factors. The Journal, which is circulated in 60 countries around the world, is a leader in the field of small business research. JSBM receives over 750 manuscript submissions each year for double-blind peer review and the new impact factor is 1.937 (2-year), 2.868 (5-year). This places JSBM 65 out of 192 journals in Management and #8 in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. JSBM has an Editorial Board comprised of leading international scholars and educators. In 2015, 4,257 institutions purchased access to the latest content in JSBM via either a Wiley License or a traditional (title-by-title) subscription. At the end of 2015, 1,358 individuals were registered to receive automatic alerts when new content appears on Wiley Online Library.
In July, a team from ICSMEE Malaysia led by Mr. Mew Sang Yap opened Myanmar’s doors by visiting Myanmar-ICSB proponents on July 12th-17th, 2016. Mr. Mew and his team had their expectations far surpassed and a new ICSB Myanmar chapter was formed for Board approval.
The 29th Annual SEAANZ Conference was held in Melbourne, Australia, on 10-12 August 2016. This highly successful Conference focused on the elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the businesses that should be supported in the ecosystem.
September 2016 saw a focus on Latin America, with the XXI Annual Meeting of Red SMEs Mercosur in Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The program was very well attended and featured parallel sessions, keynotes sessions and social activities, similar to what the ICSB 2017 World Conference will bring to the city in June 2017.
ICSB Mexico hosted its 2nd international conference between October 12-14, 2016, in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico. It was a very successful event, in any respect, thanks to the organizing team of Francisco Velez, Blanca Garcia Hernandez and others. Alex DeNoble, delivered the opening keynote to an audience of several hundred people as a representative of the ICSB Board, who are very optimistic about the future prospects for ICSB Mexico and in Central America.
Over 150 participants from 17 different countries attended the 7th GW October Annual Entrepreneurship Conference in Washington DC on October 13-14, 2016. Together with the World Bank, the event Live stream hosted over 4,500 visitors. Distinguished participants in attendance included The Honorable Maria Contreras-Sweet (Administrator of the US Small Business Administration (SBA)), Ms. Anabel González (Senior Director, Trade & Competitiveness, World Bank Group), Dr. Luca Iandoli (President of the International Council for Small Business) and more. USASBE hosted the 7th cohort of the Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship in DC, with strong interest.
ICSB travelled to Jakarta, Indonesia at end of October for the 4th ACSB Asian SME Conference. The focus of the discussion was around issues in an economic context—factor-, efficiency-, and innovation-driven—and featuring relevant panelists from various Asian countries to share their insightful thoughts. Dr. Iandoli delivered a keynote address and was featured on Indonesian television.
In November, two ICSB affiliate signature events took place in Europe and the Middle East. The RENT conference hosted by our European Affiliate ECSB was held in Antwerp, Belgium (November 16-18) and the Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by our Middle East Affiliate MCSBE was held in El Gouna, Egypt (November 16-19). Congratulations to ECSB, our European Affiliate, who is celebrating its 30th anniversary at the RENT conference- definitely one of the best international entrepreneurship research conferences.
The Egypt Entrepreneurship Summit in El Gouna was a tremendous success as well. We were honored by the participation of the Egyptian Minister for International Cooperation, Her Excellency Dr. Sahar Nasr, and the organization of ICSB’s affiliate in the Middle East, MCSBE. At the end of November, ICSB participated in the World Bank Youth Summit in Washington DC.
On December 1, 2016, Dr. Winslow Sargeant, former Chief Counsel to President Obama on Small Business Administration and current ICSB Senior Vice President for Development, joined HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands/StartupDelta Envoy at Slush in Helsinki, Finland to discuss what governments can do to enable the ideal growing environment for startups. By December, also ICSB also welcomed two new chapters approved by the Board – ICSS Myanmar and ICSB Bangladesh.
We look forward to working with all our partners in the coming year to continue along our journey in an ever-changing global landscape. The importance of small businesses and entrepreneurship worldwide cannot be forgotten.
2017 is shaping to be a very busy year with work carrying over from 2016 and exciting new frontiers and opportunities being presented.
We added 30 of the best pictures of 2016. There were many more but we wanted to share the ones we took as a showcase. We hope you enjoy them and best wishes!
Upward and onward.
The ICSB International Office