Before this year’s conference kicks off, the ICSB will be holding a pre-conference policy forum on June 15 from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm at NYU’s Kimmel Center.

This year’s policy forum will address two questions: what small business policy changes have occurred in different countries, and how can we best measure SMEs?

Global Policy and Regulatory Update

Dr. Michael Schaper will give a presentation on policy, legislative, legal and regulatory developments pertinent to small business that have occurred over the last year. The presentation will include key developments from several countries around the world.

SME & Entrepreneurship Indices

Subsequent sessions will discuss the measurement of SMEs.

Developing SME & Entrepreneurship Indices: What Are The Big Issues

Dr. Donna J. Kelley will talk about the major indices that have been developed to date, and what their strengths and weaknesses have been.

Indices In Action: Some Examples

After a break for tea and networking, Dr. Giuseppe Zollo, Dr. Kelly G. Shaver, and Dr. Hugo Kantis will talk about what their data sets cover, how they can be used by policymakers, and their advantages and limitations

A Policymaker’s Perspective

Finally, Brian Headd of the US Small Business Association and Hon Craig Foss MP, Minister for Small Business and Statistics in New Zealand will discuss their experiences in using databases, comparative ranking systems, and what changes they’d like to see in the future.

Register for the Public Policy Forum

Registration for the pre-conference public policy forum is only $75. If you’re interested in attending the forum, register today.