Since 2010 the global outlook for entrepreneurs, start-ups, micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) has changed dramatically. As MSMEs now play a large role in economic development, they have become a priority for many governments around the world. Governments are moving rapidly to shore up support for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and MSMEs through new initiatives. Furthermore, policies are being formulated to further integrate MSMEs into the economic formula of developing economies, with the goal of equipping these businesses to succeed in the global marketplace.
Despite these government actions, MSMEs are facing direct challenges from many fronts. Obstacles include automation, a lack of skilled workers and quality jobs, and retail and service consolidation. Because of these challenges, the balance between a country’s economic well-being and its social integration continues to widen, as is evident by the marginalization of many minority groups within developing economies. Essentially, for many stakeholders, doing well economically is not the same as doing social good. For this reason, the UN created Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 to tackle these global challenges. Given the economic significance of MSMEs, the UN has recognized that these types of businesses have a critical role to play in advancing the SDGs. However, in order to achieve this goal, the role of MSMEs must be further articulated and enhanced, as current initiatives, programs, messages, and policies diverge in significant ways that fragment the potential for a global movement led by MSMEs.
May 9 ICSB New York Partner Events hosted at St. John University
10:00 am – 2:00 pm MSME Day Partner Event: ICSB Global Certificate on Social Entrepreneurship
May 10 Tentative Agenda at the United Nations
9:30 a.m. Check-in at the United Nations Main Entrance
10:30 a.m. Roundtable Discussions by Theme:
12:30 Lunch (on your own)
13:30 – 14:30 Forum for Entrepreneurs and Micro-Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Welcome
14:30 – 14:40 MSME COMMEMORATIVE PICTURE
14:40 – 15:20 ICSB MSME DAY – Humane Entrepreneurship Awards
(NOTE: Interested in learning more about the Humane Entrepreneurship Awards and applying? Click here >)
15:20 – 16:00 Creating a Shared Future for Entrepreneurs and MSMEs
16:00 – 17:00 ICSB MAYORIAL ROUND (7 speakers)
17:00 – 18:15 ICSB MSME DAY – Academic Leaders (7 speakers)
18:30 – 20:00 Reception (location to be confirmed)