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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.

2016 Forum — The SEC plans to host its 2016 Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation on Thursday, November 17, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at its headquarters at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. The 2016 Forum will include both a panel discussion and breakout groups. The morning panel discussion will be webcast live on the SEC's home page at beginning at 9:00 a.m. and archived. The breakout groups, in which participants will work in groups 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. An online registration form will soon be available here. Anyone wishing to participate in a breakout group meeting, either in person or by teleconference, must register online by November 11, 2016. A day or so before the Forum, we will e-mail a call-in telephone number and access code to registrants who have indicated they plan to participate in a breakout group meeting by telephone conference call. Further details on this year's Forum will be posted here as they become finalized.

To suggest topics and recommendations for facilitating small business capital formation to be considered at the 2016 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.

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

Modified: 09/29/2016