Global Knowledge & Networks.

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.

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Global Knowledge

ICSB promotes the development of knowledge in all areas of business theory and practice and is particularly focused on strategies and policies proven to be effective in sustaining small businesses and entrepreneurship. Click here to read more about the ICSB portfolio

Global Networks

ICSB currently has 16 country-based or regional affiliates with members from over 70 countries. Membership consists of professionals from four primary groups: educators, business practitioners, government policy makers, and researchers and consultants. Click here to learn more about ICSB affiliates & chapters

Supporting SMEs since 1955

ICSB was the first international membership organization to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide. Our members from around the world gain access to the best minds in business, education and government. Over the last 50 years, the ability to develop these personal and professional contacts in other countries and across cultures gives ICSB members an advantage in the global marketplace.

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The 61st Annual ICSB World Conference

is coming to New York / New Jersey USA

June 2016

The ICSB World Conference is the premier, international networking event for academics, scholars, and professionals in the small business and entrepreneurship field.

In 2016, delegates will enjoy a nice mix of conference events in NYC as well as in Hoboken, NJ on Stevens’ peaceful 55-acre campus that boasts breathtaking views of Manhattan.

Key Dates

October 2015 – Online Submission Opens

March 2016 – Online Submission Deadline

May 2016 – Deadline for Early Registration

June 2016 – Conference Dates

ICSB 2016 will be hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology


ICSB 2016 will be sponsored by Hyundai Motor Company

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Welcome 2015-16 ICSB President, Dr. Ki-Chan Kim

Dr. Kim is a dedicated member of ICSB. As the Past-President of the Asian Council for Small Business (ACSB), the Asian regional affiliate of ICSB, he hosted the 2014 Annual ACSB Asian SME Conference in Seoul, South Korea and has actively recruited new members and affiliates in the area. He is also one of the Chief Researchers of HeBEx Healthiness of Business Ecosystems, a new and innovative report seeking to assess the relative healthiness of a country’s creativity, opportunity, and productivity.

Dr. Ki-Chan Kim is a Professor of Business Administration at The Catholic University of Korea. He received a PhD from Seoul National University, and has conducted research at the University of Tokyo, and MIT as a visiting scholar.

ICSB Media Coverage

ICSB’s activities attract media attention from around the world. Here are some of the latest articles.