The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board will host a Boston forum on auditing in the small business environment.

The Sept. 8 event is geared at registered accounting firms in the small business community to help them learn more about the work of the board, specifically the PCAOB inspections process and the impact of new auditing standards.

The forum will be held at the Hyatt Harborside at Boston's Logan International Airport. The program will be hosted by board member Bill Gradison, the former acting chairman of the PCAOB, along with staff from the offices of inspections, enforcement and standards-setting. A representative from a small registered public accounting firm that has gone through a PCAOB inspection will also be in attendance.

Invited participants are auditors from smaller registered public accounting firms, because they are most directly impacted by the board's oversight responsibilities. The goal of the smaller format is to ensure that there is discussion between representatives of the sector and the PCAOB.

Attendees have the opportunity to earn continuing professional education credits. In addition to Boston, three more forums are planned for Philadelphia, New York City and Chicago.

Pre-registration for the forum is required. More information, including the full day's agenda, is available at www.pcaob.net/About_the_PCAOB/Small_Business/Forum/index.aspx.

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