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SEC’s Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

July 14, 2017

OASB Business Forum header Commissioners, staff and panelists at the 2019 Forum discussing the Harmonization Concept Release.

The SEC, through the Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation, hosts an annual Forum that focuses on the capital formation concerns of small business, which has assembled annually since 1982 pursuant to the Small Business Investment Incentive Act of 1980, 15 U.S.C. 80c-1 (codifying section 503 of Pub. L. No. 96-477, 94 Stat. 2275 (1980)). The Forum is an important event in which members of the public and private sectors gather to craft suggestions for securities policy impacting emerging companies and their investors. The Forum is open to members of the public, with representation including entrepreneurs and small business leaders, investors, market participants, and other thought leaders within the small business capital formation ecosystem. Participants are welcomed to attend in person or engage remotely via webcast and teleconference technology, which has offered an increasingly popular means to engage with audiences across the country who may be unable to travel to the event.

2019 Forum Report

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The Commission hosted its 38th Government-Business Forum in partnership with the Heider College of Business at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska on August 14, 2019. The Commission released a report on the 2019 Forum on December 5, 2019, which provides an executive summary of the Forum proceedings, the recommendations made by the 2019 Forum participants, and the Commission’s responses to the recommendations. It seeks to incorporate the passion conveyed by the talented and thoughtful panelists and participants who spoke openly and candidly about their successes and challenges in capital formation as well as ways that our securities law framework could be calibrated to work better for both companies and investors in the small business ecosystem.

Links to Prior Fora Materials — Final Reports of the SEC Government-Business Forum

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