The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board will continue its forums on auditing in the small business environment throughout 2006.

The forums, which began in 2004, are designed to help share important information concerning the PCAOB with registered public accounting firms and public companies operating in the small business community. Held in 10 cities around the country for the past two years, the forums have enabled board members and staff to meet with more than 1,000 people in order to share insight into the work of the PCAOB, including the inspections process and the impact of new auditing standards.

During the 2006 series, small registered public accounting firms will be invited to attend a one-day session, where attendees will have the chance to earn continuing professional education credits. In addition, in four of these cities, directors and financial executive officers of small public companies will be invited to participate in a separate event to be held the following day to address PCAOB issues affecting smaller public companies.

The events are all free, though pre-registration is required. The 2006 schedule is:

  • Santa Monica, Calif. -- Jan. 23 and 24
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- Feb. 27 and 28
  • San Antonio -- May 2 and 3
  • Seattle -- June 21
  • Boston -- Sept. 8
  • Philadelphia -- Oct. 16
  • New York -- Nov. 7 and 8
  • Chicago -- Dec. 7

More information, including the forum agenda, is available at

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