ICSB Joins Forces with the U.S Small Business Administration for 10×10 Program

ICSB Joins Forces with the U.S Small Business Administration for 10x10 Program

Aug 1, 2018

The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) has recently formed an agreement with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) to collaborate on the 10x10 Program with the SBA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for International Trade, Mr. Eugene Cornelius, Jr. who has accepted a one year detail with ICSB.

The 10x10 Program promotes the facilitation of trade between other countries’ small businesses and the small businesses of the United States. This opportunity is made possible through the Small Business Act and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Strategic Plan.

One of the overarching objectives for the 10x10 Program will be to emulate and articulate the mission of the U.S. Small Business Administration which is to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of the United States.

The framework for the ICSB small business best practice guidelines will be the following three primary pillars.

1. Contracting (Procurement)

In the United States, the Office of Government Contracting sets goals with other federal departments and agencies to reach the statutory goal of 23 percent in prime contract dollars to small businesses. This office also provides small businesses with subcontracting procurement opportunities, outreach programs, and training.

2. Capital (Business Financing)

Not every small business has the same needs for capital injection. We will design and develop a vast array of financing options for small businesses from the smallest needs in micro-lending – to substantial debt and equity investment capital (venture capital).

3. Counseling – Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Training & Technical Assistance)

In order to build and demonstrate a comprehensive public/private networks for training and education, we will use the existing SBA’s model. This results driven and impactful model clearly demonstrates free individual face-to-face, and internet counseling for small businesses, and low-cost training to entrepreneurs in over 1,800 locations.

SBA Associate Administrator, Eugene Cornelius, Accepts One Year Detail with ICSB

SBA Associate Administrator, Eugene Cornelius, Accepts One Year Detail with ICSB

Aug 1, 2018

The International Council of Small Business (ICSB) is pleased to announce, U.S. Small Business Administration’s, Deputy Associate Administrator for International Trade, Mr. Eugene Cornelius, Jr. has accepted a one year detail with ICSB at the International Office in Washington, D.C.

“We are honored to have Mr. Cornelius join our team here at ICSB. He brings his extensive international experience and executive leadership to the design, development, and delivery of the ICSB Global program called the 10x10 Program between the United States and ten allied countries around the world that are interested in learning best practices on how to establish small business support agencies,” said Geralyn McClure Franklin, President, ICSB. The 10x10 Program also promotes the facilitation of trade between other countries’ small businesses and the small businesses of the United States.

“I am extremely excited to expand the world of international trade under the SBA with the many different countries that we work with. We will be opening markets to U.S. small businesses and promoting a stronger global marketplace,” said Mr. Eugene Cornelius, Jr. This opportunity is made possible through the Small Business Act and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Strategic Plan.

“One of the overarching objectives for the 10x10 Program will be to emulate and articulate the mission of the U.S. Small Business Administration which is to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation,” said Cornelius. “I believe that small businesses are critical to economic strength, strong futures, and global marketplaces.”

Cornelius also noted; “it is clearly evident that the chances of success for these small businesses are far greater to succeed with the support of strong educational, training, and counseling networks. We will begin first by laying the groundwork and building the components of extensive and elaborate networks of dynamic partnerships with public and private organizations as demonstrated by the U.S. Small Business Administration.”

Successful ICSB 63rd Annual Congress in Taiwan

Successful ICSB 63rd Annual Congress in Taiwan

Jul 6, 2018

06 July  2018, Taipei – The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) held its 63rd Annual Congress in Taipei, Taiwan from June 26-29 that was attended by over 500 people. Every 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. Taiwan was an exemplary location to host this year’s Congress as Taiwan’s small and medium enterprises have been recognized as the key driving force of Taiwan’s economic development over the past half century.

The  theme of the Congress was “Reshaping the World Through Innovative SMEs,” which reaffirms the unshakable responsibility of SMEs in leading the world into the coming decades. Plenary sessions included discussions on the Future of SMEs, Women in High Growth Entrepreneurship, and Humane Entrepreneurship.  The Future of SMEs session discussed new research that has revealed that smaller businesses are more open and optimistic about artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential to boost business growth. The Women in High Growth Entrepreneurship Session, which was moderated by ICSB’s new President, Geralyn Franklin, focused around the phenomena of women’s entrepreneurship and how women business owners and are viewed as a potential source of economic and social development. Lastly, the Humane Entrepreneurship session discussed humane entrepreneurship and the synergy between human capital and the enterprise cycle.

In addition to the various plenary sessions, there were also author presentations, with over 120 papers presented with authors from over 25 different countries. ICSB offered two of its programs at the Congress: the ICSB Academy and the ICSB Global Certificate. The ICSB Academy provided students with a full immersion experience in the making of a new entrepreneurial venture with the help from a team of global faculty. Attendees also had the opportunity to witness a new venture pitch competition where local entrepreneurs compete for an amazing business development plan and to participate in Slush annual conference in Finland. Attendees were able to register for two of ICSB’s Global Certificates in Taiwan: the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate and the Creativity and Innovation Certificate.

ICSB also celebrated MSMEs Day on June 27 with an event attended by many distinguished guests, including Ministers from various countries and the representative of the government of Taiwan, Chen Chien-Jen.

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Call for Scholars: USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholars Program

Call for Scholars: USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholars Program

Jun 01, 2018

Call for Scholars: USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholars Program

Jun 01, 2018

The ICSB – United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Call for Scholars: USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholars Program.

Hi there!

Alex here, your VP Pedagogy and Learning at USASBE. I hope this finds you well as the semester comes to an end for most of us. For my part, I’m really excited for the coming months!

For a whole bunch of reasons that don’t fit into an email, I’m really pleased to let you know about the newly rebooted USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholars program:

And to invite you to become a 2018/19 USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholar.
We’ve found ways of making this experience much more financially accessible this year, and we’ve got some new and incredible things on deck, including:

(Click to watch this video)

  1. A new Curriculum Design Studio, an educational science and design thinking based approach to developing, implementing, measuring, and communicating significant learning experiences for entrepreneurs in the world around you
  2. A new online approach to working and learning between conferences, including custom-developed video content, guest keynotes, a mastermind group of peers, tools, and worksheets to help you advance your project and to inspire your work
  3. Participating in a new Curriculum Design Consortium taking place at the USASBE conference at St. Pete Beach in Florida
  4. Avenues for sharing and publishing the results of your project
  5. Recognition that comes with becoming a USASBE Teaching and Learning Scholar and Fellow

The program will begin mid-August and run through May 2019. Some partial scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance.

We’re looking for leading instructors, professors, graduate students, associate directors, directors, administrators, or the equivalent in non-academic contexts.

To learn more and to apply, click here.

Thank you!

Alex.

ICSB Certificate Program Attended by Over 80 People at St John’s University

ICSB Certificate Program Attended by Over 80 People at St John’s University

 

On May 11, ICSB held two certificate programs at St. John’s University in Manhattan and Queens: the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate and the Creativity and Innovation Certificate. The Certificate Program is one example ofICSB’s global initiative to fulfill our mission of continuing management education with the goal to promote entrepreneurship.

Participants completed 3 modules total on Friday, May 11. The first two modules were taken at St. John’s Manhattan Campus and the last module was taken at the St. John’s Queen’s Campus. As part of the certificate program’s interactive and global aspect, Certificate attendees enjoyed an authentic lunch along with a presentation on traditions, and food and wine products from Cilento, Italy prepared by Antonio Longo, owner of Santomiele, and his team. One participant remarked: “I am pleased to learn that creativity, innovation, and sustainability can be extended to the food industry”. Apart from the modules, they also had the opportunity to attend during the Working Sessions and MSME Forum organized by ICSB at the United Nations.

 

On May 11, ICSB held two certificate programs at St. John’s University in Manhattan and Queens: the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate and the Creativity and Innovation Certificate. The Certificate Program is one example ofICSB’s global initiative to fulfill our mission of continuing management education with the goal to promote entrepreneurship.

Participants completed 3 modules total on Friday, May 11. The first two modules were taken at St. John’s Manhattan Campus and the last module was taken at the St. John’s Queen’s Campus. As part of the certificate program’s interactive and global aspect, Certificate attendees enjoyed an authentic lunch along with a presentation on traditions, and food and wine products from Cilento, Italy prepared by Antonio Longo, owner of Santomiele, and his team. One participant remarked: “I am pleased to learn that creativity, innovation, and sustainability can be extended to the food industry”. Apart from the modules, they also had the opportunity to attend during the Working Sessions and MSME Forum organized by ICSB at the United Nations.

 

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Vote for the ICSB FY 2018-2019 Officers

Vote for the ICSB FY 2018-2019 Officers

May 2, 2018

ICSB is accepting votes for three open positions on the Board of Directors. In this year’s election, voting will be accepted for the position of President-Elect, Senior Vice President for Finance and Control (2 year term), and Senior Vice President for Development (2 year term).
The position of President-Elect is a one (1) year term, followed by subsequent one (1) year terms as President and then Immediate Past-President. The positions of SVP for Finance and Control and SVP for Development carry two (2) year terms.
Please remember that all nominations were vetted by the ICSB Nominating Committee before appearing on the ballot.
For more information on the nominees and to vote, click here.
We welcome all ICSB members to submit their ballot by June 24, 2018.