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 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.
Global Knowledge is communicated through a variety of mediums including conferences, journals, books, bulletins, and an interactive website. ICSB's annual international conference allows members to share their expertise on the latest business developments and to receive constructive feedback from those researching similar topics. The Journal of Small Business Management is a highly respected forum for the exchange of ideas and practices within the small business and entrepreneurship communities. Timely bulletins are designed to inform members about ICSB activities and to facilitate the sharing of practical knowledge that can impact business activities. The ICSB web site provides access to searchable databases that cover a wide range of information related to the international business community.
Sharing business knowledge on a global foundation helps both developing and developed countries improve their economic environment and helps foster an understanding and appreciation for each country's contribution to the world marketplace.
Communication among members occurs through personal interactions at ICSB conferences or electronically through ICSB's interactive website. 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.