Reshaping The World by Innovative SMEs

June 24th-June 29th, 2018

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.


ICSB uses our global network to promote the development of knowledge in all areas of business theory and practice proven to be effective in sustaining small business and entrepreneurship. Collaborating with our partners from around the world, we work to deliver the following programs, workshops, training sessions and certifications to bring our members together and encourage knowledge sharing.

Learn From The Very Best

Access to the best minds in business, education and government

Global Conferences

Access to ICSB’s annual world conference and regionally-affiliated conferences

Journal of Small Business Management

Subscription to ICSB Bulletin and the internationally respected JSBM

Subject Matter Expertise

Access to the latest information on entrepreneurship and SMEs globally

News & Updates

ICSB 2019 – Finnish Academic Team in the Spotlight!

ICSB 2019 – Finnish Academic Team in the Spotlight!

As a result of declining birth rates and increasing life expectancy, the average age of the global population is increasing. This demographic trend has important implications for the labor market. Aging individuals are not always able to find satisfactory outlets for their abilities. Moreover, finding sufficient funds to maintain the current level of pension and health-care benefits is a major concern for many countries.

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New GW October Session Added: Enhancing the Credibility of Entrepreneurship Research

New GW October Session Added: Enhancing the Credibility of Entrepreneurship Research

The presentation will address recent concerns about lack of reproducibility and replicability of entrepreneurship research. The presentation will address causes for this problem and propose some solutions. The goal is for the presentation and subsequent panelist comments to be thought-provoking and lead to a lively and informative exchange of ideas regarding these issues.

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SME Spotlight: DeliXochitl

SME Spotlight: DeliXochitl

How does a run-away high school dropout in Mexico end up with an investment from an American Chairman and CEO?

Little more than a year ago, Xochitl Santiago was in her 5th semester fof high school at Emiliano Zapata in Milpa Alta, Mexico City. At school, Xochitl didn’t stand out as a stellar student. As a teenage girl who ran away from home, she was supporting herself and the important of generating income overshadowed the importance of obtaining a good education. In the evenings and on the weekends, she worked at a candy factory. It was not uncommon for the women working in this facotry to faint while at work–resulting from the combination of malnutrition, dehydration, and poor working conditions. It was this job that landed Xochitl herself in the hospital just one month before she would be pitching her own candy business to an American Chairman and CEO in Washington, D.C.

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Global Partners


In order to provide additional benefits to our members, ICSB engages in strategic partnerships with organizations who have a similar mission – to cultivate and grow the global small business climate.

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