The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board will host a forum in early August, "Auditing in the Small Business Environment," in Orlando, Fla., designed for registered accounting firms and public companies working in the small business community.

Participants will have a chance to learn more about the work of the PCAOB, specifically the board's inspections process and the impact of new auditing standards.

The two-day forum will be held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort beginning on Thursday, Aug. 4, and will be hosted by PCAOB board member Kayla J. Gillan and staff from the offices of inspections and standards-setting. The first day will focus on educating smaller registered accounting firms about the board's work. The second day will concentrate on PCAOB issues impacting audit committees at smaller public companies.

Auditors from registered accounting firms with fewer than 20 issuer clients and the members of audit committees of smaller public companies are encouraged to register. The program is limited to those groups in the small business environment that are most directly impacted by the PCAOB's oversight responsibilities. The goal of the smaller group is to ensure that there is opportunity for discussion between representatives of the small business community and board and staff members of the PCAOB.

Another forum is planned for later in the year in Massachusetts. Details and pre-registration information are available at the PCAOB's Web site, www.pcaobus.org.

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