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SEC’s 38th Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation

July 14, 2017

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August 14, 2019
Creighton University
Hixson-Lied Auditorium in the Mike and Josie Harper Center
602 N. 20th Street, Omaha, NE 68178

The SEC 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. 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 include small business leaders, investors in emerging businesses, 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.

2019 Forum — The Commission will host its 38th Government-Business Forum in Omaha, Nebraska at Creighton University on August 14, 2019 at 9 a.m. Central Time. The Forum will be free and open to the public. A live webcast will also be available on the SEC’s webpage.

The Forum will include an informational morning session followed by an afternoon working session where participants will identify capital formation issues and formulate specific policy recommendations in groups. The two panel topics in the morning will be:

  • Capital Formation Success Stories from the Silicon Prairie
  • Harmonization: What a Concept! Exploring Options to Reshape the Offering Framework

The afternoon breakout group sessions will not be webcast but will be accessible by phone or web conference for those not attending in person. Online registration for the event closed on August 9, 2019. Anyone wishing to participate in a breakout group in person, by teleconference or web conference should email

The full agenda is available here.

Members of the public are invited to suggest topics to be discussed at the Forum by contacting OASB at

Links to Prior Forum Materials — Final Reports of the SEC Government-Business Forum, including the 2018 Final Report

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