The ICSB Foundation seeks to support both serial and nascent entrepreneurs to create durable, growing, and economically successful SMEs through the integration of mentoring, education/training, and sharing of empirically-based guidelines. A high priority is to enhance the economic and employment opportunities for all populations with a particular focus on skill training for the young unemployed populations of the world.
View the ICSB Foundation's 2013 Activites HERE. Two important upcoming activites include the 4th Annual GW-ICSB Global Entrepreneurship Conference in October 2013 and the Presentation of the Three (3) Luminaries Awards on Friday, October 18, 2013 as part of the Gala Event.
The ICSB Foundation's Three Luminaries Award has been established to recognize extraordinary individuals and organizations that have risen to the highest level of small business and entrepreneurial achievement in either practice or academia. Together, the award winners in each category - Practice, Research/Academia and Public Policy - represent excellence in the field of small business and entrepreneurship.
The Judging Committee, comprised of major sponsors and organizations, have voted to award the following individuals/organizations in each entrepreneurial cateogry.
We will be honoring the recipients of the award at the upcoming ICSB Foundation Gala Awards Dinner on Friday, October 18, 2013 at the United States Chamber of Commerce Hall of Flags Room in Washington D.C.
Research / Academia
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation is among the largest foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. Its vision is to foster "a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities." In service of this vision, they focus grant making and operations on two areas— education and entrepreneurship—which founder, Ewing Kauffman, saw as two ends of a continuum. A quality education is the foundation for self-sufficiency, preparing young people for success in college and in life.
William 'Denny' Dennis
William Dennis, Jr. has directed NFIB’s research foundation since 1976. He has served as president of the International Council for Small Business. Besides managing the research program of the NFIB Research Foundation, his responsibilities include long-term policy planning, policy conferences and annual surveys. He has testified numerous times before congressional committees regarding key small-business issues like availability of credit and health care. Recently he was honored by the Small Business Administration with the Special Ad vocacy Award, which recognized him as "one of small business' most committed advocates", with considerable expertise in small business research.
Led by CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, the Skoll Foundation's mission is to drive large-scale change by investing, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. They are now one of the leading foundations in the field of social entrepreneurship. Over the past 13 years, they have awarded more than $358 million, including investments in 97 remarkable social entrepreneurs and 80 organizations on five continents around the world who are creating a brighter future for under served communities. In addition to grant- making, they fund a $20 million+ portfolio of program-related and mission-aligned investments.
Winners of the Luminary Awards will receive a crystal desktop trophy and their names will be inscribed on the Hall of Fame wall at the ICSB Foundation Central Office in Washington, D.C.
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Mr. Victor L. Hoskins, Washington DC's Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
As Deputy Mayor, Mr. Hoskins heads the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), which is the District’s lead agency in coordinating policies and initiatives with respect to affordable housing, business attraction and retention, as well as workforce and economic development.