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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 plans to host 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 will include both morning panel sessions and afternoon breakout groups. The morning session of the forum will feature panel discussions on exempt and registered offerings occurring after the passage of the JOBS Act. The morning panel sessions will be webcast live on the SEC's home page at beginning at 9:00 a.m. and will be archived. The afternoon breakout groups, in which participants will work in groups to formulate specific policy recommendations, will not be webcast, but will be accessible by telephone conference call to pre-registered members of the public not in attendance. Afternoon breakout groups will develop recommendations on exempt securities offerings, smaller reporting companies, and the Commission's proposed amendments to Rules 147/504. Members of the public who wish to attend the Forum in person at SEC headquarters are also requested to pre-register.

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 meeting, either in person or by teleconference, must register online by November 18, 2015. 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. You also may use the online registration form to let the SEC staff know you are interested in having your name on the mailing list for future Forums.

Forum Program

Online Registration

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Discussion and Panelist Materials

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

Modified: 11/18/2015