The charter of the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship states in Article II that the purpose and basic objective of the organization are:
The general purpose of this organization shall be to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas by people working in the support of or for the development of small business and entrepreneurship in Canada.
The basic objective shall be to foster the development of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial activities in Canada and provide opportunities for networking and the exchange of information and ideas relevant to small business and entrepreneurship.
The organization was established in 1979 as the first affiliate of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). Its membership includes: academics, educators, representatives of small business support organizations, researchers, government officials, students of entrepreneurship, and policy makers.
In September 2008 at a two day strategic retreat for the Board of CCSBE, the directors re-defined the statement of purpose of the organization to guide it into the twenty-first century:
“Creating a collaborative marketplace for the exchange of ideas, research and best practices for the benefit of Canadian entrepreneurs.”