National Small Business Week — May 1-6, 2016

National Small Business Week — May 1-6, 2016

The ICSB is a supporting co-sponsor of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) signature event, the National Small Business Week, which will take place between May 1-6, 2016.

Every year, since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

During this week, the SBA will highlight the successes of small business owners and provide educational workshops for entrepreneurs thinking about start or growing a business. This year’s theme will be “Dream Big, Start Small.”

The SBA will be organizing events in 5 different cities between these dates. #DreamSmallBiz.

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For more information, click here


Mass Recognition for ICSB Korea – 2016 Entrepreneurship and SME Conference in Seoul

Mass Recognition for ICSB Korea – 2016 Entrepreneurship and SME Conference in Seoul

Following pre-conference activities including company visits, Humane Entrepreneurship white-paper discussions, and policy and research network, an international delegation of the world’s leading scholars, educators, policy makers, and practitioners convened in Seoul, South Korea between April 3-8, 2016.

The focus of this conference was on humane entrepreneurship. Humane entrepreneurship aims to reflect changes in global business philosophy.

The event drew the attention of the Korean Government and media’s attention as world leaders and CEOs committed to the Seoul Declaration of Humane Entrepreneurship.

Below are several articles covering this widespread recognition.

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RENT 2016 – Submission Deadline: May 15

RENT 2016 – Submission Deadline: May 15

The ECSB RENT 2016 Conference will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, on November 16-18, 2016.

A reminder that the submission deadline is May 15, 2016.

The main theme of the conference is “Innovation, Relational Networks, Technology and Knowledge Transfer as Drivers of Global Competitiveness”

The main topic of the conference is to focus on how networks and knowledge transfer can help firms increase their global competitiveness by fostering innovative and entrepreneurial behavior.

Quantitative and qualitative papers are both welcome, especially if they are presenting research issues emerging from intersections of different knowledge pools.

For more details on the conference, click here.

“The Israeli Technological Model” at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

“The Israeli Technological Model” at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Among the various entrepreneurship-related developments that the ICSB supports and promotes, pedgagogy is one of them.

Professor Rafi Glick, Senior Teaching Associate of Guilford Glazer School of Business and Management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) has launched the open elective, “The Israeli Technological Model” course for Bachelor students on February 2, 2016.

As ambassadors to enhancing interprenership and innovation, students of this course will learn the ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation via the personal contact with companies in Israel, learn the market and give some applied suggestions.

In addition to Professor Glick’s tailor-made frontal lectures, delivered over a course of 12 weeks, the course will give students recognition, learning, contacts and experiences with the resources, processes and the people who were involved in the Israeli technology, innovations and entrepreneurship achievements.

The course  also recognized by Guilford Glazer School of Business and Management, Ben-Gurion University in the Negev and will be offered for Israeli students and foreign students in BGU students exchange program.

During the course each group of 4 students will  be in contact with Israeli partner organization in order to get first hand of “the Israeli technological experience”. At the same time the Israeli partner organization will be able to explore opportunities and resources in other markets and to be presented in the front of the global academic arena.

The contact with the students will be via Skype calls 4-5 times during the course and the final paper and presentations will be submitted to the partner organization.

ICSB shares Professor Glick’s belief that by combining academic courses with applied workshops, we can bring success stories and enhance technological cooperation .

Should you or your university be interested in running a similar course, or have the resources and time to visit Israel, please follow this link for more information.

The George Washington University: At the Intersection of Public Policy and the SDGs

The George Washington University: At the Intersection of Public Policy and the SDGs

In the tale of two towns, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, Ambassador Oh Joon explains, Town A wakes up everyday to find a way to send their children to school. But if someone in the family gets sick, there is no such thing as healthcare. In Town B, people get up to decide if they should invest in the stock market. They send their kids to the best schools and they go to the best doctors even if they don’t have best health care. Not a lot of countries in the world have experienced this kind of transition.


Ambassador Oh Joon, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations

Ambassador Joon painted a picture to a group of students and academicians sitting before him in the auditorium of the Elliott School at the George Washington University (GWU) on Thursday, March 10, 2016. The United Nations wants to facilitate this kind of transition by finding out what is needed to make the transition even if people in Town B are not necessarily happier than the people in Town A. He explained that we cannot know what makes people happy, but we know that you cannot be happy with an empty stomach or with sick children.  This is why we need development.

As the flags of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea stood side by side on the podium of the GWU Elliott School, symbolizing both countries’ alliance to one another, Ambassador Joon’s lecture for the GW Lecture Series, organized jointly by GWU, the GWU Korean Management Institute (KMI) and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), titled, “Sustainable Development Goals: What does it mean to the World?” explained the coming to being of a concept buzzing around the world.

The concept of development changes continually. The United Nations, for instance, is 70 years old and it was initially established to feed people and for economic growth. In the 1980s, the concept of development expanded to encompass social issues, such as gender equality, welfare, and human dignity. Now, the world has come to the revelation that climate change is giving us the greatest challenge of all. We have finally realized that if we do not take care of our planet, we may not have it anymore.

This is the concept of sustainable development, the Sustainable Development Goals, or SGDs.

To give some more context, in the 2000s we had the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They were 8 goals with an expiration date of 2015. It emphasized social issues and gender issues. As they were quite specific, people asked why member states of the UN chose them. If we achieve them, the world wondered, would that mean that we achieved all of our development goals?

Ambassador Joon explained that when we create goals, you must make concrete and specific ones. The challenge, however, is when they not comprehensive enough to include issues like climate change, evolving landscapes, and civil society.

This is where the SDGs come into play. The SDGS are now 17 goals with an expiration date of 2030. Why so many more?

The original 8 were more specific and concrete with a numeric benchmark to understand how much of it we achieved.  But with 17 it is harder to track and some are not as specific. Some may criticize that. But it shows that the UN has a comprehensive package that covers all human activity.

At the intersection of public policy and the SDGs, the George Washington University demonstrates the unparalleled opportunities that it provides to its students to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world.

Written by Dilara Bogut, ICSB

International Conference on Business and Human Rights at Copenhagen Business School

International Conference on Business and Human Rights at Copenhagen Business School

Registration is now open for the international conference on Business and Human Rights: Implications for Management, Knowledge Needs and Teaching (Copenhagen Business School, May 18-19 2016).

This conference addresses the significance of Human Rights for responsible business. Human Rights issues are increasingly significant in relation to business communication, due diligence and risk management, human resources and labour, supply chain management, finance, public procurement, non-financial reporting and beyond. The conference addresses this from two perspectives: Management and teaching. Both turn around knowledge needs for responsible business practices.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Michael Addo, member of the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights and Senior lecturer at Exeter University
  • Björn Fasterling, Professor, EDHEC Business School, Lille

Please see the conference website at for information on the conference programme, call for poster session proposals and papers, deadlines, fees, registration etc.

Registration deadline: 25 April 2016

The conference is organised in collaboration with the PRME Office at Copenhagen Business School and The BHRight Initiative for interdisciplinary research and teaching on Business & Human Rights.