Convening world entrepreneurship leaders, research, and practitioners to advance the work of small businesses worldwide.

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

The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) 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 worldwide by developing research skills, offering opportunities for career advancement, organizing live events, and initiating partnerships with community groups.


One of the ICSB’s most prestigious honors 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.


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

The 65th ICSB World Congress, held from July 12 – 16, 2021, will convene a worldwide gathering of entrepreneurs and thought leaders in Paris, France. Inspired by the 1900 “Exposition Universelle,” where countries from around the world were invited to France to celebrate the achievements of the past century and accelerate development into the next, this year’s Congress will explore the theme of “L’Exposition Universelle d’Humane Entrepreneurship,” or the Universal Exposition of Humane Entrepreneurship. By focusing on the humanity behind business development and growth, the World Congress is taking the lead in ushering the world into peace, prosperity, and happiness, after a challenging time.

What's new this year?

ICSB, an organization created by academics, has constantly striven to overcome the barriers between academics, professionals, policy makers, and executors of entrepreneurial action and practice. ICSB is taking their 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 data to create solutions. 

Technology has helped us amazingly in creating solutions, despite our physical distance. This 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.