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 ABOUT ICSB

The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) is a non-profit organization devoted to continuing management education for entrepreneurs and small business. 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 through publications, programs, workshops, training sessions and certifications.

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Industria Fintech. ¿Instituciones financieras emergentes para pymes?

Industria Fintech. ¿Instituciones financieras emergentes para pymes?

El mundo emprendedor y de pymes, incluyendo a las instituciones de apoyo y a los propios gobiernos, considera el financiamiento como uno de los tres temas más importantes para la promoción de pymes y en particular de las nuevas empresas. En el caso de las nuevas empresas tecnológicas, la gestión del financiamiento cobra especial relevancia debido a la existencia de barreras específicas para acceder a los recursos, ya que se trata de empresas con un componente importante de activos intangibles y una elevada dosis de incertidumbre producto de su carácter innovativo.

Rethinking the Entrepreneurial University and all that Jazz: The Campus Radio, Edutainment, and Youth Development

Rethinking the Entrepreneurial University and all that Jazz: The Campus Radio, Edutainment, and Youth Development

In putting this opinion piece together, I would like to start with an important question.

How can universities demonstrate entrepreneurialism beyond the usual suspects?

What are these usual suspects? Commercialisation of research? Navigating uncharted waters? And relevant to the current pandemic climate – is all about developing a vaccine and providing scientific advice? No disrespect to the good job of global players providing intelligence on vaccines and communicating numbers on the “R” rates – John Hopkins University, Imperial College, and Oxford University, to name just a few. While universities play a big role in saving lives, there is also the need for preserving livelihoods.

Sustainable start-up: Between candor and big lies

Sustainable start-up: Between candor and big lies

Start-ups are tricky and not least so in the wicked world of tech sustainability. This story is about a young engineer suddenly finding herself immersed in an entrepreneurial setting where she struggles to balance her idealistic vision of sustainable technology solutions with the hardcore realities of business-as-usual.

It is Entrepreneurship Time: Ecosystem Building: An Idea Coming of Age?

It is Entrepreneurship Time: Ecosystem Building: An Idea Coming of Age?

At a seminal OECD workshop in 2013 in the Netherlands, leading thinkers came together and discussed this issue. One side focused on creating optimal enabling conditions wherein entrepreneurship would emerge. The other side focused not on this institutional perspective but instead on a functional approach wherein the community grew from the entrepreneurs and their champions.

TOP NEWS

The secret letters of history’s first-known businesswomen

The secret letters of history’s first-known businesswomen

Around 1870BC, in the city of Assur in northern Iraq, a woman called Ahaha uncovered a case of financial fraud.

Ahaha had invested in long-distance trade between Assur and the city of Kanesh in Turkey. She and other investors had pooled silver to finance a donkey caravan delivering tin and textiles to Kanesh, where the goods would be exchanged for more silver, generating a tidy profit. But Ahaha’s share of the profits seemed to have gone missing – possibly embezzled by one of her own brothers, Buzazu. So, she grabbed a reed stylus and clay tablet and scribbled a letter to another brother, Assur-mutappil, pleading for help:

Female Business Leaders, Business and Cultural Environment, and Productivity Around the World

Female Business Leaders, Business and Cultural Environment, and Productivity Around the World

Studies of female business leaders and economic performance are rarely conducted with worldwide observational data, and with considerations on the underlying cultural, institutional, and business environment. This paper uses worldwide, firm-level data from more than 100 countries to study how female-headed firms differ from male-headed firms in productivity level and growth, and whether the female leader performance disparity hinges on the underlying environment.

Centering Innovative Solutions for Tangible Change

Centering Innovative Solutions for Tangible Change

We must make sure data do not freeze us. Too often, businesses and entrepreneurs become consumed with collecting and analyzing data in the hopes of crafting a “perfect” solution to the diverse set of challenges we face.

JOURNALS

A Tribute to Professor David Smallbone

A Tribute to Professor David Smallbone

A Tribute to Professor David SmallboneThursday, April 9, 2020 A Tribute to Professor David SmallboneThursday, April 9, 2020 A Tribute to Professor David SmallboneObituary; Professor David SmallboneWe are sad to announce that Professor David Smallbone passed away...

World Business Report: 25% of US small businesses could close

World Business Report: 25% of US small businesses could close

World Business Report: 25% of US small businesses could close Tuesday April, 7, 2020 by BBC World Report World Business Report: 25% of US small businesses could close Tuesday April, 7, 2020 by BBC World Report Blind Optimism for the Unforeseeable FutureThe BBC World...

Salute to Health Care Providers

Salute to Health Care Providers

A Salute to Health Care Providers  Friday, April 3, 2020 A Salute to Health Care Providers Friday, April 3, 2020 Dear Health Care Providers,Thank you.Of all the words I could think of to start this letter to you, those had to be the first. Yet those words seem so pale...

JICSB Special Issue: Sustainable Entrepreneurship

JICSB Special Issue: Sustainable Entrepreneurship

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations in 2015, addresses the most pressing challenges of our time, such as climate change and COVID-19, social injustice, human rights, and economic growth. Incorporating the sustainable development goals (SDGs) into society’s fabric is essential for just and equitable sustainable development for all. The SDGs purpose is to stimulate everyone, from governments, businesses, NGOs, citizens, and other stakeholders, to accelerate actions that benefit the people and the planet, by fostering actions and partnerships at all levels, so no one is left behind. And since MSMEs are the foundation of our economies and society, they are at the critical leading edge of the UN’s sustainable development initiative.

WATCH MSME DAY 2019

Watch the latest MSME day at the UN on unlocking the potential of MSMEs to achieve sustainable development goals.

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Micro-, Small-, and Medium-sized Enterprises Day

Thanks to the initiative of the ICSB, the United Nations declared June 27 as Micro-, Small-, and Medium-sized Enterprises Day.  LEARN MORE>

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