CCSBE 2018

May 3rd-5th 2018, Dalhousie Univeristy, Halifax City
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Dalhousie University’s Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship (LaunchDal) is pleased to invite you to the annual conference of the Canadian Council for SMEs and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE), from May 3 to 5, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We welcome idea sharing, best practice procurement, and community building, to facilitate, activate, and jump-start the same entrepreneurial movement we are seeing in our region – for CCSBE as a convening voice across Canada. For conference details click here.


Collaborating to build vibrant Entrepreneurial networks

Nova Scotia has a commercial and social agenda that includes a call to action to provide leadership to create a sustainable and prosperous economy—one that promotes both self-reliance, rather than government reliance, and social well-being for all its citizens–as such, the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship is working as catalysts to help foster the growth of a regional innovation ecosystem. It is our opinion that the province represents the perfect Petri dish for experimentation in the area. Moreover it is experimenting with collaboration across provincial borders.

Dalhousie’s values led management philosophy is consistent with the 2018 conference theme. The possibility of exploring best practices in the area with our Canadian counterparts are exciting.

Early bird (by April 7th, 2018)

Student: 285$ CAD + taxes

Others: 475$ CAD + taxes

Regular (after April 7th, 2017 to May 3rd, 2018)

Student: 370$ CAD + taxes

Others: 575$ CAD + taxes *Registration Fees at CCSBE and Gala Fees included

1 Day Pricing

Registration for May 3rd only – 1 day:

Payment by May 3rd, 2018 All: 300$ CAD + taxes

Registration for May 4th only – 1 day*:

Payment by May 4th, 2018 All: 300$ CAD + taxes *Gala lunch  included


Researchers, entrepreneurs, teachers, administrators, students, policy makers and all other persons interested in promoting SMEs and entrepreneurship are invited to participate in this great gathering.

Publication Outlet: Conference’s best papers will be considered to be included in the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (JSBE) and in the upcoming special issue: “Globalization and the Development of SMEs and Entrepreneurship” to be published in spring 2018 (subject to JSBE peer review process).

Tracks are dependent on paper, workshop, and panel submissions. We accept proposals for academic papers, professional workshop sessions and panel discussions in all fields related to SMEs and entrepreneurship, especially on the following topics:Globalization and Entrepreneurship.

  • Globalization and Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy
  • Building, Launching and Growing Ventures
  • Supporting Small and Medium Sized Business
  • Microfinance and Sustainable Funding
  • Immigrant Entrepreneurship

The deadline for submission of proposals for academic papers, professional workshop sessions, and panel discussions, in French or English is March 15, 2018.

Send all proposals (or abstracts) to the following address:

Each submission should be made of two pages, Times New Roman 12pt in Microsoft Word format: the first page will include a title, names, status and contact details of author(s); the second page will present contents and 5 keywords, according to the following categories:

Submissions should be made in Microsoft Word format and should not exceed two (2) single-spaced pages with 1” margins in Times New Roman 12pt font, and should include a title, keywords, contents and according to the following categories:

  • Academic Papers: Submit a 500 word (max) Abstract – Les résumés doivent indiquer clairement le but, la méthode et les résultats escomptés de l’étude et ne doivent pas dépasser 500 mots.
  • Workshop Session Proposals: Submit a 500 word (max) Summary – Les résumés doivent décrire le format et le contenu de l’atelier et ne doivent pas dépasser 500 mots.
  • Panel Sessions: Submit a 500 word (max) summary – Summaries should describe the theme and its interests; identify the panel speakers and their sub-topic area

AGENDA – Conference Program coming soon!

About the host


About Dalhousie University

The 2018 CCSBE conference will take place on Dalhousie University’s beautiful Studley Campus. A ten to fifteen minute walk from downtown Halifax and easily accessible by bus or taxi, Dalhousie University boasts vibrant green spaces with a blend of historic and modern infrastructure. The event will primarily be hosted in our Kenneth Rowe Business Building, McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, and University Club. All Dalhousie facilities are completely wi-fi accessible. Conference participants will have full access to high-speed internet services.

In addition, we would hope to provide a truly authentic East Coast experience with dinner or networking aboard a schooner. This was coordinated when we hosted ICSB in 2008 and would be a memorable experience for all CCSBE participants.

About Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia is a proven, exciting conference destination and the team has deep experience in hosting major conferences including the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE) and the 2008 International Council for Small Business (ICSB). The 2008 conference saw more than 600 people attend and more than 1,200 paper and workshop submissions. In fact many of the current CCSBE members attended the 2008 conference.

In this part of Canada, the “Kitchen Party” is a metaphor for building community among friends and involves traditional music, a relaxed environment, shared conversation, singing and food with the bulk of the party taking place in the kitchen. Our conference will embrace this theme and will incorporate this theme throughout the conference.  

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