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Companies, Going Public

Companies, Going Public

A company that goes public typically refers to when a company undertakes its initial public offering, or IPO, by selling shares of stock to the public usually to raise additional capital.  After its IPO, the company will be subject to public reporting requirements and its shares often become listed on a stock exchange. For more information on public companies, click here.

The SEC has also prepared a guide for companies—Small Business & the SEC—that provides a basic understanding about how companies can become public and what securities laws apply. The SEC also has a list of some of the registration and reporting forms and related regulations that pertain to small and large companies.


The Office of Investor Education and Advocacy has provided this information as a service to investors.  It is neither a legal interpretation nor a statement of SEC policy.  If you have questions conce