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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.

2016 Forum — The SEC hosted 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 included both a panel discussion and breakout groups. The webcast of the morning panel discussion is available below. The breakout groups, in which participants worked in groups to formulate specific policy recommendations, followed the panel discussion but were not webcast.

The Final Report of the 2016 Forum (including 15 Forum recommendations) and the following 2016 Forum materials are now available:

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

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