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Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

The SEC hosts an annual forum that focuses on the capital formation concerns of small business. Called the "SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation," this gathering has assembled annually since 1982, as mandated by the Small Business Investment Incentive Act of 1980. A major purpose of the Forum is to provide a platform to highlight perceived unnecessary impediments to small business capital formation and address whether they can be eliminated or reduced. Each forum seeks to develop recommendations for government and private action to improve the environment for small business capital formation, consistent with other public policy goals, including investor protection. Participants in the Forum typically have included small business executives, venture capitalists, government officials, trade association representatives, lawyers, accountants, academics and small business advocates. In recent years, the format of the Forum typically has emphasized small interactive breakout groups developing recommendations for governmental action.

2013 Forum - The SEC hosted its 2013 Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation on Thursday, November 21, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., at its headquarters at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. The 2013 Forum included both morning panel sessions and afternoon breakout groups. The panel sessions were webcast live on the SEC's home page at beginning at 9:00 a.m. The afternoon breakout groups were not webcast, but were accessible by telephone conference call to pre-registered members of the public.

Members of the public may attend the annual Forum in person without charge. You may use the below online registration form to let the SEC staff know you are interested in having your name on the mailing list for future Forums.

Please click on the following links to access information for last year's 2013 Forum:

Record of Proceedings

Webcast of Morning Panel Sessions

Online Registration Form

Forum Agenda

Forum Program

Panelist Materials

Biographies of Panelists and Moderators

Press Release Announcing Forum, Dated October 3, 2013

To suggest topics and recommendations for facilitating small business capital formation to be considered at the 2014 Forum, please send them to the SEC Office of Small Business Policy at or 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20549-3628.

Previous ForumsFinal Reports of the SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation since June 1993.

Modified: 01/24/2014