6th Asia SME Conference Deadline Extended: March 31st
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.