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SEC Small Business Forum to Focus on Recent Rule Proposals for Smaller Companies


Washington, D.C., Sept. 11, 2007 - The Securities and Exchange Commission will hold its annual Forum on Small Business Capital Formation on Monday, Sept. 24, 2007, beginning at 9:00 a.m., Eastern, at the Commission's Washington, D.C., headquarters. This year's small business forum will focus on recent SEC rule proposals addressing securities registration and disclosure requirements for smaller companies.

The morning agenda for this year's forum will feature two roundtable discussions. The first roundtable will focus on recent SEC rule proposals relating primarily to private companies and the second will consider the Commission's recent proposals concerning smaller public companies. Both roundtables will be open to the public and webcast at www.sec.gov. Releases concerning the rule proposals and other materials relevant to the roundtable discussion topics are available at http://www.sec.gov/info/smallbus/2007gbforumdiscussion.htm.

The afternoon schedule will include breakout group sessions, including a breakout group session on private placement broker-dealers and finders. Participants in the breakout groups will help formulate specific recommendations for the SEC to consider in its efforts to improve small business capital formation.

The SEC is required to conduct the annual forum under a 1980 federal statute. The forum offers representatives of smaller companies an opportunity to meet and communicate with senior government officials.

Registration instructions and other information for this year's forum are available on the SEC forum's Web page at http://www.sec.gov/info/smallbus/sbforum.shtml. Interested persons can also call the SEC's Office of Small Business Policy at (202) 551-3460. The SEC will post further information about the forum, including the complete agenda and list of roundtable participants, as arrangements are finalized.

Members of the public who wish to suggest topics for discussion at the roundtable sessions or recommendations to be considered in the breakout groups should e-mail them to the SEC's Office of Small Business Policy at SmallBusiness@sec.gov or mail them to the office at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549-3628.

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Modified: 09/11/2007