Launch of ICSB Myanmar

Launch of ICSB Myanmar

Lack of infrastructure, skilled labors and access to capital are some of the key challenges for Myanmar small and medium enterprises to grow and compete in recent dynamic and open economy.  To break down the barriers, on 10th February International Council for Small Business Myanmar (ICSBM) open in Yangon to advance the development of entrepreneurship and small businesses across the country.

Supported by DaNa Facility, and funded by the UK Department for International Development, ICSB Myanmar will conduct free training, seminar and conference, monthly to scale up entrepreneurship, innovation, start-ups, communication skills, IT and e-commerce. ICSB Myanmar stressed that scaling up the skills of SMEs will improve the country’s development.

Vice President, ICSBM, Richard Dare: “…In some way, FDI could be a mix blessing. So we’ve seen that somewhere around 8 or 8 plus percent GDP growth. The good point of that is there would be more capitals in this system. The bad point of that is that much FDI will air mark for large businesses or the government projects. So it won’t really get to the local people in reality. And what will get to local people is inflation. … And the inflation will harm poor people. It will harm small businesses. So our view is that what’s really important is that the small businesses understand the best practice of the business strategy….”

UK Aid believes ICSB Myanmar will be a great support for local SMEs, and urged the government officials to update some regulations that are inappropriate in the modern day.

Head, DFID Myanmar, Gavin McGillivray: “… We, UK Aid are very happy to support. We believe that small business is particular important. Because small business typically is quicker moving, more entrepreneurial, able to take risks, able to move quickly to see the opportunity. So in the modern world where economic activity is very dynamic, it changes very quickly. Having a vibrant small business sector would give Myanmar a big advantage… In terms of the challenges for the small businesses, I would say that, one is infrastructure in the country has had very little investment over the last decades compared with other countries in South East Asia…. ”

Entrepreneurs feel optimistic and welcome the moves of ICSBM. Entrepreneur, Saw Myint: As the economy start thriving these days, a lot of entrepreneurs don’t know how to run and expand their business. And due to the education standard, most of the graduates are lack of skills and experiences. So it will be great that people can advance their skills through the training, seminar and conference lead by the international expertise.

As over 90% of the Myanmar businesses are SMEs, ICSB Myanmar ensures that they will bring academics, government forces, business practitioners as well as young entrepreneurs together for the future growth.

*By MITV- Myanmar International Television
California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference – Bring International Entrepreneurship Into the Classroom

California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference – Bring International Entrepreneurship Into the Classroom

We are pleased to announce a sneak peek to our pedagogy day session leaders, Professor Martina Musteen and Associate Professor Dante Di Gregorio.

Martina Musteen is a Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at San Diego State University, and Senior Editor for the Journal of World Business.

Dante Di Gregorio is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and International Business at California State University – Monterey Bay.

Sneak Preview

“Interested in developing a new class on international entrepreneurship? Seeking to give your existing entrepreneurship class or curriculum a more international flavor? Martina Musteen (San Diego State University) and Dante Di Gregorio (Cal State Monterey Bay) will give you some practical tips and resources on how to do so in an interactive workshop.” 

Registration is open! Secure your spot today!

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2017 California Entrepreneurship Educators Conference Key Dates:

March 10th: Research Day This day is highlighted by a panel of esteemed researchers, roundtable discussion of potential research and an interactive exercise on research.

March 11th: Pedagogy Day An interactive day that includes a thought-provoking keynote, design thinking and interactive classroom sessions that involve creativity in the classroom.

Join us on March 9th for a pre-conference and welcome reception. Then get ready to learn, share and interact with other educators on March 10th and 11th at San Diego State University. Expand your entrepreneurship knowledge, learning techniques, research insights and your network. This is bound to be a fantastic conference.

If you have any questions, please email Jenna McGuigan with the contact form below.

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Special Issue on Small Business Policy – Small Enterprise Research Journal

Special Issue on Small Business Policy – Small Enterprise Research Journal

Special Issue on Small Business Policy – Small Enterprise Research Journal
The latest issue (Vol 23.3) of the Small Enterprise Research journal is now online.  This issue is a special issue on Small Business Policy with key pieces from leading small business and enterprise luminaries including: Prof. David Storey, Prof. David Smallbone, Prof. Tim Mazzarol and William Dennis.
ICSB and Tatweer Misr Announce Global Partnership

ICSB and Tatweer Misr Announce Global Partnership

International Council for Small Business (ICSB)                                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2/23/2017    International Office

 ICSB and Tatweer Misr Announce Global Partnership

Washington, DC: Together, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) and Tatweer Misr continue to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide.

On January 19, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA USA, the organizations formalized their agreement for 2016-17 to focus on creating World Class Universities in Egypt with Entrepreneurship and SME development as its main ethos, as well as to extend existing programs and creating new opportunities for ICSB members to become more involved in Tatweer Misr’s small Business advocacy efforts.

Ahmed Shalaby, Managing Director and Member of the Board of Tatweer Misr, and Dr. Luca Iandoli, President of the ICSB for 2016-17, were on hand to sign the formal agreement.

Established in 2014, Tatweer Misr is Egyptian Real Estate Development Joint Stock Company, that capitalizes on a wealth of industrial and real estate experience brought to the table by its shareholders. Major shareholders such as Arafa, Daoud and Ahram Groups provide the business and technical expertise needed to fulfill the vision of mixed use residential developments based on elegant and luxurious modern architecture and landscaping.

The combined expertise of Tatweer Misr’s shareholders allows the company to maintain excellence at all levels of its developments. From construction, design and architecture, to landscaping and lifestyle services and amenities, Tawteer Misr covers all the facets of the real estate industry offering a fresh outlook on traditional second home resorts and residential communities.

Both ICSB and Tatweer Misr have a continuing role to play in ensuring small business has access to knowledge and resources that will allow them to grow and be successful.

Tatweer Misr supported the ICSB 2016 World Conference in New Jersey/New York USA, and will also be present at the upcoming ICSB 2017 World Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The organization will also be engaged with ICSB global activities including regional conferences, training programs, content development, research and more.

About ICSB: The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of management development practices for potential entrepreneurs and existing small business owner/managers through education, research, and the free exchange of ideas. For more information, visit:

About Tatweer Misr: Established in 2014, Tatweer Misr is an Egyptian real estate development shareholding company, that capitalizes on a wealth of industrial and real estate experience brought to the table by its shareholders. Tatweer Misr core developments are mixed use residential primary and secondary homes based on elegant and luxurious modern architecture. Beyond that, Tatweer Misr’s vision is to build value by seeking and developing innovative solutions that will provide significant benefits to all its stakeholders. For more information, visit:

Africa High-Growth Enterprises Forum 2017 (June 21-22, 2017)

Africa High-Growth Enterprises Forum 2017 (June 21-22, 2017)

Africa High-Growth Enterprises Forum (AHGEF 2017) scheduled to take place on 21st – 22nd June, 2017 at the Kensington Conference & Event Centre, London, United Kingdom. 

With the theme: Fostering Growth and Innovation through Policy and Practice, the AHGEF 2017 is aimed at encouraging job creation through promoting high-growth SMEs and entrepreneurship, and it will assemble both regional and international key stakeholders in the public and private sectors to discuss the challenges and opportunities in expanding fast-growing businesses in Africa; share best practices and promote SMEs access to finance and international markets.

Thus, as the leading industry association committed to advancing small business research and practices, we believe participating companies, investors, governments, development partners and entrepreneurs would find this very useful, and suitable since it is in line with your objectives.


Dr. Sheriff Alabi
Consultant, Africa Development Bank

Dr. Charlotte Petri Gornitzka
Chair, DAC, OECD

Frank Behrendt
Head of Financial Services, Pedersen & Partners

Sherif Radi
Chief Operating Officer, TA Telecom

Carl Lotter
Chief Executive Officer, South African SME Federation

Junior Davis
Chief, Africa Section, Division for Africa, UNCTAD

David Frame
Managing Director, Eko Atlantic

Stuart Boyd
Chief Operating Officer – Webber Wentzel

HE Hon. Haruna Iddrisu
Ministry for Employment and Labour Relations, Ghana

Arnaud Lagesse
Chief Executive Officer, GML, Mauritius

Vimal Shah
Chief Executive Officer, Bidco

Felix Bikpo
Chief Executive Officer, Africa Guarantee Fund

Fernando de Sousa
General Manager, Africa Initiatives, Microsoft

Prof. Mthuli Ncube
Chief Economist & Vice President, African Development Bank

More top-level speakers are currently being confirmed.


In October 2016, we produced the Africa Impact Investing Leaders Forum which was sponsored by Denham Capital and Mischon De Reya, and it assembled over 200 participants in London with the likes of OPIC, Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries, VisionFund International AgDevCo, AlphaMundi, SCOPEInsight, Oikocredit, IFC, JP Morgan etc.

2017 annual CCSBE conference at Laval University in Quebec City (May 11th – 13th, 2017)

2017 annual CCSBE conference at Laval University in Quebec City (May 11th – 13th, 2017)

We’ve missed you!  We need you!  The truth is, we’d really just love to see you again. We would like to invite you to a special CCSBE Homecoming event at the 2017 conference at Laval University this May.

As you may know, CCSBE is in the process of re- building its reach across Canada and we hosting a special  Homecoming Workshop and networking session at this year’s 2017 conference to share and discuss new initiatives to revitalize our organization. Your input, experience and perspective would be greatly valued as an important contribution to this dialogue and hence the special invitation.

We are very excited about the conference at Laval this year, and have a very special line up of speakers – two of whom are profiled below, with more to follow:

Dr. Heidi Neck (Babson College)

Heidi is a Jeffry Timmons Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson (and incoming President of USASBE), who teaches entrepreneurship at the MBA and executive levels. Her research interests include entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship inside organizations, and creative thinking. Neck is the lead author of Teaching Entrepreneurship: A Practice-Based Approach—a book written to help educators teach entrepreneurship in more experiential and engaging ways.

Dr. Ted Zoller (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Ted is a Senior Kauffman Fellow and T.W. Lewis Clinical Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Ted oversees the teaching and outreach programs of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC Kenan-Flagler. His research focuses on the role and structure of entrepreneurial networks and the interrelationships with investor syndicates. 

More exciting speakers to be announced soon.

  • February 20th, 2017: Deadline for submission of proposals for academic paper abstracts, workshop sessions, and panel discussions:
  • March 10th, 2017: Deadline for early bird registration and payment
  • April 10th, 2017: Deadline for submission of full paper or final version of abstract

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLICATION: in the CCSBE Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (JSBE) for full papers presented at the conference that meet peer review criteria as well as in a Special Issue of JSBE on the Globalization and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises.

Contact CCSBE Conference Committee for Questions & More Information

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