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The ISBC is the leading international organisation bringing together policy -makers and practitioners on an annual basis . The International Small Business Congress has been held annually since the first event in Hawaii in 1974. 

The basic objectives were then and are now to assemble representatives from trade associations, governments, financial institutions, business support organisations and academic communities for the purpose juegosaventura of exchanging views about small and medium-sized business problems, policies and programmes for assisting them. 

Other objectives are to provide business opportunities among participating SME people and to develop communication linkages and networks and to continue meaningful contacts and relationships, resulting in mutual assistance among various regions of the world. The Congress typically attracts delegates from 60+ countries.

This annual Congress has been hosted by countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and USA. ISBC has been organised juegoslocozombies in a similar model but without a formal charter. A unique feature of the Congress is that each hosting country is encouraged to present the programme to suit its own culture, background and expertise. A total of more than 20 ,000 participants throughout the world have attended the 33 Congresses to date.

ISBE 2008 Conference

This International Congress is being held in conjunction with the Institute for Small juegosdecoches Business & Entrepreneurship’s Annual Conference on INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP. There will be several joint Plenary Sessions and Social Events arranged to facilitate international networking opportunities for all delegates.  (See and  )


  • Trade Associations

  • Support Organisations

  • Researchers

  • Practitioners

  • Policy-makers

  • Financiers

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Consultants

  • Coaches & Trainers

  • Business Strategists

  • Advisers & Mentors

  • Academic SME Specialists


  • Share best practice in business management and development

  • Consider applications and policy implications of latest research

  • Find out what new opportunities and threats lie ahead

  • Develop your networks and establish new working relationships

  • Business to business networking and match-making

  • Best practice visits to Industrial Parks, Incubation & Innovation Centres


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ISBC 2008 Congress Secretariat, PO Box 288, Dept NC805, Harrogate, HG1 9AX, UK

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