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Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

July 14, 2017

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.

2018 Forum — The SEC will partner with the National Center for the Middle Market at The Ohio State University Max. M. Fisher College of Business to host the SEC’s annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.  The one-day forum will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern Time and will be open to the public.  It will be held at the Fawcett Center on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, 2400 Olentangy River Road.

The 2018 Forum will include a morning panel followed by breakout groups.  The panel discussion will explore how capital formation options are working for small businesses, such as those in the Midwest.  Information on the panel participants, the full agenda and further details on this year’s Forum will be posted here as they become finalized.  Opening remarks and the morning panel discussion will be webcast live on the SEC’s home page at beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time and archived.  The breakout groups, in which participants will work to formulate specific policy recommendations, will follow the panel discussion and will not be webcast, but will be accessible by telephone conference call to pre-registered members of the public not in attendance. 

Members of the public may attend the Forum in person without charge, but are asked to pre-register online. Anyone wishing to participate in a breakout group, either in person or by teleconference, must register online by December 7, 2018.  Before the Forum, we will e-mail a call-in telephone number and access code to everyone registered to participate in a breakout group.

To suggest topics and recommendations for facilitating small business capital formation to be considered at the 2019 Forum, or for questions concerning the Forum, please direct them to the attention of Anthony Barone in the SEC Office of Small Business Policy at (202) 551-3460, or, or 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20549-3628.

Information on ways small businesses can raise capital is available at

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

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