The Forum is a unique event where members of the public and private sectors gather to provide feedback to improve capital raising policy from startups to smaller public companies and their investors. The event is hosted by the Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation pursuant to the Small Business Investment Incentive Act of 1980.
The 41st Small Business Forum took place over four virtual sessions April 4-7, 2022. The 2022 Forum featured appearances by each of the Commissioners, leaders from across the SEC, and an exciting line-up of speakers with fresh perspectives on capital raising.
Each day of the Forum focused on a different topic facing small business, including:
Tools to Navigate Capital Raising
How Entrepreneurs Can Thrive Outside of Traditional Capital Raising Hubs
New Investor Voices:
How Emerging Fund Managers Are Diversifying Capital
Small Cap World:
What to Know and How to Think Ahead
At the end of each day’s session, participants prioritized policy recommendations submitted by participants related to that day's topic to be submitted to Congress.
Learn more about our panelists below.
Monday, April 4 at 1 pm
Empowering Entrepreneurs: Tools to Navigate Capital Raising
CEO | RAIN (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network) | Eugene, OR
Executive Director of the Small Business Credit Initiative and CornerSquare Community Capital | North Carolina Rural Center | Raleigh, NC
Co-Founder | Stage2Startups | New York, NY
Betty co-founded Stage2Startups to help mid-career and senior professionals, who are often overlooked among founders, transition to entrepreneurship, with a special focus on women, people of color, LGBTQ, immigrants, and veterans. Betty herself is an entrepreneur with C-suite experience, having launched over 30 products for both Fortune 500 and smaller companies, nonprofits, and government entities.
Tuesday, April 5 at 1 pm
Hometown Entrepreneurship: How Entrepreneurs Can Thrive Outside of Traditional Capital Raising Hubs
Co-Founder | Yac | Orlando, Florida
Jordan co-founded Yac in 2019, an audio-first messaging platform to enrich communication among teams using voice rather than text or video. After developing the prototype during a hackathon contest, the company subsequently raised over $10 million from multiple professional investors. In addition, Jordan creates experience-driven designs for apps, websites, and VR/AR through his company SoFriendly.
Founder and Managing Partner | M25 | Chicago, IL
Victor founded M25 to provide early-stage capital to tech startups headquartered in the Midwest. The firm has since grown to become the most active venture firm in the region. Victor has a passionate history with startups, including founding a vending machine business and kick scooter company. Victor is a Kauffman Fellow (Class 22) and a former leader in Hyde Park Angels.
CEO | Roanhorse Consulting | Co-Founder | Native Women Lead | Albuquerque, NM
Vanessa founded Roanhorse Consulting, an indigenous women-led think tank to encourage economic empowerment through entrepreneurship. She is also a co-founder of Native Women Lead, a nonprofit that fosters a connected community of Native/Indigenous women entrepreneurs. Her many professional and civic leadership roles are united by a focus on social, environmental, and economic change.
Wednesday, April 6 at 1 pm
New Investor Voices: How Emerging Fund Managers Are Diversifying Capital
Managing Partner | Hyphen Capital | San Francisco, CA
Dave Lu founded Hyphen Capital to provide early-stage capital to the next generation of Asian American founders. He brings over 20 years of technology operating experience to the companies in whom he invests, having worked at multiple iconic Silicon Valley technology companies and subsequently founding his bootstrapped startup Fanpop and venture-backed startup Pared.
Founding Partner | Overlooked Ventures | Columbus, OH
Brandon is a tech entrepreneur and the founding partner at Overlooked Ventures, where he brings his passion about helping overlooked founders take their startups to the next level through access to capital, resources, and connections to scale their businesses. Brandon bootstrapped his own startup, Inventrify, a community-oriented crowdfunding platform for small businesses.
Erica Duignan Minnihan
Erica Duignan Minnihan
Founder and General Partner | Reign Ventures | New York, NY
Erica Duignan Minnihan is co-founder and General Partner of Reign Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm investing in consumer tech and enterprise software companies. Reign Ventures is committed to promoting racial inclusivity and gender equity in the venture capital markets. Erica runs the firm's New York City office, where she also is actively involved with her alma mater, Columbia Business School, to cultivate and support the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Thursday, April 7 at 1 pm
Small Cap World: What to Know and How to Think Ahead
Adam J. Epstein
Adam J. Epstein
Founder | Third Creek Advisors, LLC | San Francisco, CA
A former institutional investor, Adam now provides capital markets insights to small-cap companies. He chairs Small-Cap Institute, Inc.’s editorial board, is a contributor to Nasdaq’s small-cap content platform, and serves as a mentor at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. In 2012 he authored The Perfect Corporate Board: A Handbook for Mastering the Unique Challenges of Small-Cap Companies (McGraw Hill, 2012).
President & Chief Executive Officer | The Joint Corp. | Scottsdale, AZ
Peter is the chief executive at The Joint (JYNT), a Nasdaq-traded company that operates the largest franchised network of chiropractic clinics in the world. Prior to taking the helm at The Joint, Peter held multiple leadership roles with franchised companies with both domestic and international footprints. Peter also advises Stage Six in their support of sustainable franchises scaling in emerging markets worldwide.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel | Urban One, Inc. | Washington, DC
Kris is a leader at Urban One, Inc. (UONE), an integrated media company focused on black culture in America through its radio, syndications, digital, and cable portfolio. Kris has been with the company for over a decade, counseling the Nasdaq-traded company on securities law, finance, acquisitions and dispositions, corporate development, and corporate governance matters. Prior to his time at Urban One, Kris worked in corporate development and investor relations at E*TRADE Financial Corporation. Before going in-house, Kris practiced corporate, health and securities law at Holland & Knight, LLP.
2022 Forum Materials
- Empowering Entrepreneurs: Tools to Navigate Capital Raising (April 4, 2022)
- Hometown Entrepreneurship: How Entrepreneurs Can Thrive Outside of Traditional Capital Raising Hubs (April 5, 2021)
- New Investor Voices: How Emerging Fund Managers Are Diversifying Capital (April 6, 2022)
- Small Cap World: What to Know and How to Think Ahead (April 7, 2022)
On July 28, 2022, the Commission delivered the 2022 Small Business Forum Report to Congress. The report summarizes the 41st annual Forum proceedings, including the recommendations developed by participants for changes to improve the capital raising framework and the Commission’s responses to those recommendations.
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Modified: April 6, 2023