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History of the ICSB

Supporting SMEs since 1955

Mission Statement

The International Council for Small Business is 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.

The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) is a non-profit organization devoted to continuing management education for entrepreneurs and small business.  

The Council was founded in 1955 on the belief that enlightened small business management is necessary for successful and profitable small business; that successful small business is essential to our national economies; and that entrepreneurship needs to be fostered to stimulate a dynamic and growing economic system.

The original name given to the Council by the Ford Foundation Grantees was the National Council for Small Business Management Development (NCSBMD). The name was subsequently changed in 1977 when the organization decided to incorporate the international community. Over the next decade, membership of ICSB doubled and the Council began to play a key role in the globalization of business during this period. The Council serves as an umbrella organization that integrates the activities of diverse organizations and professionals who deal directly with small business. ICSB creates and distributes new information on small business management and entrepreneurial development through global knowledge drawn from government, education and commerce.

Council members representing education, industry, financial institutions and government, provide a worldwide network of ideas and experience exchange on management assistance for small business.

By filling the role of an umbrella organization, as an integrator of new knowledge, the Council reinforces rather than duplicates the work of other organizations involved in small business development. For this reason, we encourage the development of national and associate affiliates of the Council so we can continue to build the information-exchange network in many countries.

'Six Decades of ICSB: From National US Orgins to Global Player'

by J. Hanns Pichler
(version December 2016)

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Dr. J. Hanns Pichler

Dr. J. Hanns Pichler

Vice President, Historian

Dr. J. Hanns Pichler is professor emeritus of political economy and international Development at the University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna. He is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles on international economic issues and nance, development and development strategies, business leadership, entrepreneurial values and attitudes, and on SME structures and related policy issues. Throughout his career, Dr. Pichler has held a wide range of advisory positions and consultancies to international organizations such as the World Bank, UNIOD, China Scholarship Council, and he is the recipient of numerous prizes and decorations. Dr. Pichler has held the position of ICSB Historian on the ICSB Board of Directors for 3 years.

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The ICSB World Conference

Every June for the last 62 years and counting...
2016

61s Annual ICSB World Conference
Hosts: ICSB, United Nations Global Compact, Stevens Institute of Technology, and the NYU School of Professional Studies
Location: NJ/NY, USA
Theme: Sustainable Entrepreneurship – Transforming Our World Together
www.icsb2016.org

2015

60th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: ICSB & The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)
Location: Dubai, UAE
Theme: Entrepreneurship at a Global Crossroads
www.icsb2015.org

2014

59th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Dublin Institute of Technology & ECSB
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Theme: Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

2013

58th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: ICSB Puerto Rico and the Caribbean
Location: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Theme: Global-Local: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lessons from a Diverse World

2012

57th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Massey University & SEAANZ
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Theme: Leading From The Edge: Through Collaboration, Creativity and Sustainability

2011

56th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum & ECSB
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Theme: Back to the Future: Changes in Perspectives of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation

2010

55th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: University of Cincinnati Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Theme: Entrepreneurship: Bridging Global Boundaries

2009

54th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: ICSB KOREA
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Theme: The Dynamism of Small Business: Theory, Practice, and Policy

2008

53rd Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: CCSBE
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Theme: Advancing Small Business and Entrepreneurship: From Research to Results

2007

52nd Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: ECSB
Location: Turku, Finland
Theme: At the Crossroads of East and West: New Opportunities for Entrepreneurship and Small Business

2006

51st Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: SEAANZ
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Theme: Unique Solutions for Unique Environments

2005

50th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: USASBE
Location: Washington, DC
Theme: Golden Opportunities for Entrepreneurship

2004

49th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: SAESBA
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Theme: Advancing the SME Agenda

2003

48th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: ECSB, Invest Northern Ireland & University of Ulster
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Theme: Advancing Entrepreneurship and Small Business

2002

47th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: ICSB Puerto Rico and the Caribbean
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Theme: Entrepreneurial SMEs & Strategic Relationships: Making the Connection

2001

46th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: ICSB-ROC
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Theme: SMEs in a Traditional-and-New Mixed Era

2000

45th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: SEAANZ
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Theme: Entrepreneurial SMEs: Engines of Growth in the New Millennium

1999

44th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: ODISSEO-DIS
Location: Naples, Italy
Theme: Innovation and Economic Development: The Role of SMEs

1998

43rd Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: The Enterprise Forum
Location: Singapore
Theme: Entrepreneurship at the Threshold of the 21st Century

1997

42nd Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: The Palace Hotel
Location: San Francisco, CA
Theme: Entrepreneurship: The Engine of Global Economic Development

1996

41st Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: NUTEK and LIC International
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Theme: Creating New Frontiers: The Role of SMEs

1995

40th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: SEAANZ
Location: Sydney, Australia
Theme: Skills for Success in SMEs

1994

39th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Hilton Hotel
Location: Strasbourg, France
Theme: Small Business and its Contribution to Regional and International Development

1993

38th Annual ICSB World Conference
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Theme: Free Trade: A Good Bet for Small Business

1992

37th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: University of Toronto
Location: Toronto, Canada
Theme: Enterprising in Partnership with the Environment

1991

36th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: ECSB
Location: Vienna, Austria
Theme: Small Business and Partnership

1990

35th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Crystal City Gateway Marriott
Location: Washington, DC USA
Theme: Entrepreneurship: A Capital Idea

1989

34th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Loews Le Concorde
Location: Quebec City, Canada
Theme: The Entrepreneurs and the Challenges of the 90’s

1988

33rd Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Lafayette Hotel
Location: Boston, MA USA
Theme: Entrepreneurship: New Direction for a Global Economy

1987

32nd Annual ICSB World Conference
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Theme: The Spirit of Entrepreneurship

1986

31st Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Denver Marriott Hotel
Location: Denver, CO
Theme: Venturing into Entrepreneurship and Small Business

1985

30th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Montreal University
Location: Montreal, Canada
Theme: Small Business in the Entrepreneurial Era

1984

29th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Hyatt Regency Hotel
Location: Chicago, IL USA
Theme: Developing Linkages for Small Business Professionals

1983

28th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: St. Mary’s University
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Theme: Management Consulting Resources for Small Business

1982

27th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Hilton Hotel
Location: Knoxville, TN USA
Theme: Energizing Small Business Management and Entrepreneurial Development

1981

26th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Baylor University
Location: Waco, TX USA
Theme: Small Business Management Development: The Next 25 Years

1980

25th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Asilomar
Location: Monterey, Peninsula, CA USA
Theme: The Big World of Small Business

1979

24th Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Laval University
Location: Quebec City, Canada
Theme: The World of Small Business: Problems and Issues

1978

23rd Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Western Carolina University
Location: Cullowhee, NC USA
Theme: Small Business in the 1980s

1977

22nd Annual ICSB World Conference
Host: Wichita State University
Location: Wichita, KS USA
Theme: Small Business: Today’s Innovator

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