On July 28, 2022, the SEC released its report from the 41st Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. The report provides a summary of the forum proceedings, including the recommendations developed by participants for changes needed to the capital raising framework and the SEC’s responses to the recommendations. The forum featured panelists and discussions on (i) empowering entrepreneurs with tools to navigate capital raising; (ii) hometown entrepreneurship, including how entrepreneurs can thrive outside of traditional capital raising hubs; (iii) how emerging fund managers are diversifying capital; and (iv) what to know and how to think ahead in the small cap world. The forum had a focus on diversity, including panel speakers and discussion topics. A clear message across the board is that women- and minority-owned businesses face the biggest challenges in the capital markets.
The SEC’s Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation launched in January 2019 after being created by Congress pursuant