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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.
2015 Forum — The SEC hosted its 2015 Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation on Thursday, November 19, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at its headquarters at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. The 2015 Forum included both morning panel sessions and afternoon breakout groups. The morning session of the forum featured panel discussions on exempt and registered offerings occurring after the passage of the JOBS Act. The morning panel sessions were webcast and are archived here. A transcript of the morning panel sessions is also posted here. The afternoon breakout groups, in which participants worked in groups to formulate specific policy recommendations, was not webcast, but was accessible by telephone conference call to pre-registered members of the public not in attendance. Afternoon breakout groups developed recommendations on exempt securities offerings, smaller reporting companies, and the Commission's proposed amendments to Rules 147/504. The Final Report of the 2015 Forum is also posted here and consists of a summary of the Forum proceedings and the Forum recommendations.
Members of the public may use the 2015 online registration form below to let the SEC staff know you are interested in having your name on the mailing list for future Forums.
The 2016 SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation is tentatively scheduled for this fall. Further details on the date and location of this year's Forum will be posted here as they become finalized.