Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, Nov. 17, 2011
The Securities and Exchange Commission has bared the agenda, speakers and panelists for its 2011 Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation on Thursday, November 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at its Washington, D.C., headquarters at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549.
Like last year, pre-registered participants will be able to take part in the Forum fully either in person or electronically.
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.
The Forum aims to provide a platform for small business to highlight perceived unnecessary impediments to the capital-raising process. Previous Forums have developed numerous recommendations seeking legislative and regulatory changes in the areas of securities and financial services regulation, taxation and state and federal assistance.
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.
The November 17 event will be officially opened by SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro. SEC Commissioners Luis Aguilar, Daniel Gallagher, Troy Paredes and Elisse Walter also will deliver remarks during the morning session.
The morning session also will include two panel discussions, one focusing on current capital formation issues for private companies and another on initial public offerings and securities regulation involving smaller public companies. In the afternoon, breakout groups will develop recommendations on a variety of issues related to small business capital formation.
Members of the public may attend the Forum on Small Business Capital Formation in person without charge, but are asked to pre-register online.
The morning sessions will be webcast live on the SEC website. The afternoon breakout group sessions will not be webcast, but will be open to the public and accessible by teleconference. Anyone wishing to participate in a breakout group session either in person or by teleconference must register online by Nov. 14, 2011.