The 65th ICSB World Congress from July 12 — 16, 2021 will convene a world-wide gathering of entrepreneurs and thought leaders in Paris, France. 

In April 1900 Paris hosted the “Exposition Universelle”. Countries from around the world were invited by France to showcase their lifestyles. The Exposition aimed to celebrate the achievements of the past century and to accelerate development into the next. The “Exposition Universelle” of 1900 was a uniting and learning experience.

ICSB, with the inspiration of the 1900’s “Exposition Universelle” announces that next July 2021, Paris will host the ICSB 65th World Congress with the title of L’Exposition Universelle d’Humane Entrepreneurship.”

The ICSB’s 2021 World Congress in Paris aims to celebrate the achievements of the past century and to call upon the world for another World Exposition similar to the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. Time for entrepreneurship and SMEs to take the lead in ushering the world into peace, prosperity, and happiness.

ICSB invites everyone from around the world to Paris, France to showcase their creative ideas, inventions, inspirations, and achievements in entrepreneurship and advancement of small businesses.

Who is the international council for small business (ICSB)?


The International Council for Small Business is an organization dedicated to providing knowledge, information on new developments, and useful resources to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises to inspire growth and profitability. The mission of the ICSB is to advance entrepreneurship nationwide by developing research skills, offering opportunities for career advancement, organizing live events, and initiating partnerships with community groups.

Founded in 1955, the ICSB is the oldest and largest nonprofit devoted to the development of small businesses. Represented in 85 countries, the organization is the premier platform for entrepreneurial growth.  The ICSB brings together educators, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners from around the world to share knowledge and expertise in their respective fields.

Throughout the years, ICSB has helped (hundreds, thousands, millions?) of entrepreneurs successfully start and grow their businesses. We are also the originators of the United Nations’ resolution to create International Name Day (June 27), a day set aside to raise public awareness of the contribution micro, small, and medium-sized businesses make towards sustainable development.

One of the ICSB’s most prestigious accolades is its annual hosting of the World Congress. Now in its 65th year, the conference is the largest and oldest gathering of entrepreneurs from around the world. It is designed to promote creativity and innovation while celebrating the achievements and inventions of small business owners worldwide.

What's new this year?

ICSB, an organization created by academics, has constantly strived to overcome the barriers between academics, professional, policy makers, and executors of entrepreneurial action and practice. We are taking our annual World Congress to the next level this year by creating specific programming and workshops for entrepreneurs through our Design-Build-Grow framework to bring about entrepreneurial excellence in your organization or firm.

Introducing the Largest global MArketplace

A marketplace. An area where people, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, or age, receive their sustenance. Coming in the form of food, conversation, material goods, and community, the concept of the marketplace has guided communities and traditions through generations of our ancestors. When a group is hit with a problem, what do they do? They gather together, they assemble, they collect to create solutions. 

Technology has amazingly helped us to continue creating solutions, despite our physical distance. This solution has provided a noble solution for our human needs for connection. That is why ICSB is so excited to formally announce our 2021 ICSB World Congress in Paris. We are welcoming you to our marketplace. Through national lockdown, ICSB has strived to embody the entrepreneurship platform that its members deserve. However, given the fortunate opportunity of an in-person meeting that the future has presented, we have decided to take this notion of a platform to the next level. 

The marketplace, a historic yet revolutionary symbol, is making a comeback. We are building our 2021 World Congress anew. Throughout the past months of virtual conferences, webinars, and training programs, ICSB has heard the call of its global community.