6th Asia SME Conference Deadline Extended: March 31st

6th Asia SME Conference Deadline Extended: March 31st

6th Asia SME Conference Deadline Extended: March 31st

Apr 3, 2018

The ICSB – Asia Council for Small Business (ACSB) conference will be held from September 10th-13th, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. ACSB calls for submissions of extended abstracts from a broad range of topics within the field of entrepreneurship and small business (SME) research in various institutional, organizational and governance contexts through a variety of theoretical lens and using different methodological approaches. The extended deadline for submissions is March 31st.
ICSB Puerto Rico Announces Their Next Conference: April 12, 2018

ICSB Puerto Rico Announces Their Next Conference: April 12, 2018

ICSB Puerto Rico Announces Their Next Conference: April 12, 2018

Apr 3, 2018

ICSB Puerto Rico has announced their 4th conference to be held in the Interamerican University of PuertoRico, San Germán campus on April 12, 2018. The theme is “Normality or New Reality: Economic, entrepreneurial, political and religious perspective”. This conference series is designed to gather influential individuals from different sectors and stimulate an intellectual dialog in terms of what should be done as a country in order to recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma & María.

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63rd ICSB World Conference: Reshaping the World Through Innovative SMEs

63rd ICSB World Conference: Reshaping the World Through Innovative SMEs

 

Each 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. The theme of the 2018 World Congress to be held in Taipei, Taiwan from June 26th-29th is “Reshaping the World Through Innovative SMEs”, which reaffirms the unshakable responsibility of SMEs in leading the world to the coming decades.

Submissions are still open for the Congress. Submit here: https://www.softconf.com/i/icsb2018/
For more information, please visit the website: www.icsb2018.com

In addition to the main Congress, ICSB also brings students from around the world to the ICSB Academy. The Academy is a week-long entrepreneurship education program consisting of an immersive cross-cultural and experiential boot camp followed by activities and workshops in conjunction with the ICSB World Conference. The dynamic training program includes learning modules designed to take participants through the fundamental concepts of identifying entrepreneurial opportunities and creating a new venture. This year, the Academy is being held from June 24th-29th. For more information on the Academy, visit www.icsbacademy.com

ICSB Celebrates International Women’s Day

ICSB Celebrates International Women’s Day

08 March 2018, Washington DC, USA -The International Council for Small Business (ICSB), founded in 1955, is proud to take part in celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievement of women around the world, in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The #WeUnitedWe movement was created in an effort to promote the Decade of Women campaign and to achieve gender equality and full economic engagement by 2030.
The incoming President of ICSB, Geralyn Franklin says, “ICSB recognizes the important role that women play in society as a whole and especially in small businesses. In that sense, ICSB supports the notion that the world needs to support the development of women entrepreneurs and we are committed to our mission of  continuing management education for entrepreneurs and small business.”
The importance of women entrepreneurs to the global economy is tangible. According to the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, 163 million women were starting businesses across 74 economies worldwide, while 111 million were running established businesses. The upcoming 2019 special issue of Journal of Small Business Management edited by Candida Brush, Linda F. Edelman, Amanda Bullough, and Diana M. Hechavarria focuses on advancing our understanding of high-potential female entrepreneurship around the world. The special issue will feature research presented at the 2017 Diana International Research Conference hosted by the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. The Diana Project was established in 1999 by Professors Brush, Carter, Gatewood, Greene, and Hart, in partnership with ESBRI in Stockholm. The Diana Project has led the research agenda in women’s entrepreneurship across continents, cultures, and contexts since its inception. During these years, Diana conferences have annually brought together more than 100 scholars from 16 different countries worldwide, providing an arena to share a global research agenda dedicated to answering questions about women entrepreneurs. In 2018, the Diana Conference will hosted in Asia for the first time, and hopes to welcome researchers from the region amongst all others to further advance our understanding of female entrepreneurship (more info can be found here: http://diana-conference.com).
ICSB Welcomed the Minister of Development, Trade, and Industry from Brazil

ICSB Welcomed the Minister of Development, Trade, and Industry from Brazil

26 February 2018, Washington DC, USA – Representatives from the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB), and ICSB partners met with Marcos Jorge de Lima, Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, and Services and his delegation from Brazil.

The meeting was focused on discussing the development of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises. The Minister, Marcos Jorge de Lima, discussed the importance of promoting entrepreneurship activity across all sectors within Brazil and the impactful role of SMEs. After a warm welcome from the Dean of GWU Business School, Dr. Vivek Choudhury, Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Executive Director of ICSB and Professor at GWSB, advocated on behalf of ICSB and its mission to promote the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs through the intersection of policy and education initiatives. Dr. Winslow Sargeant, former Chief Counsel of the SBA Office of Advocacy and ICSB SVP of Development and Advocacy, spoke about the role the Small Business Administration plays in financially supporting small businesses. Dr. George Solomon, the Editor of ICSB’s Journal for Small Business Management, discussed the International Survey of Entrepreneurship Education and its impact on developing a national strategy to teach entrepreneurship across all universities.

ICSB Participated in OECD SME Conference

ICSB Participated in OECD SME Conference

23 February 2018, Mexico City- The Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, participated in the OECD Ministerial Conference “Strengthening SMEs and entrepreneurship for productivity and inclusive growth” hosted in Mexico.

Some of the topics that the Conference addressed were: enabling small and medium-sized enterprises to scale up, accessing diversified financing instruments, participating in the global economy, and how to enable SMEs to enhance their contributions to productivity and inclusive growth.

In that sense, H.E. Stuart Nash, Chair, Minister for Small Business of New Zealand, quoted ICSB’s Executive Director, Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, on “the need for 40 millions jobs to be created every year for the next fifteen years” to keep pace with population growth and on fostering greater SME participation in a globally integrated economy.

The SME Ministerial Conference gathers Ministers and high-level representatives from 55 OECD Member and Non-Member countries, the European Union, and 12 international organizations and associations.