The Securities and Exchange Commission intends to hold its annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation on November 17 at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

This year’s forum will include two panel discussions, one on current capital formation issues for private companies and a second on initial public offerings and securities regulation involving smaller public companies. In the afternoon session, participants will work in groups to come up with specific policy recommendations.

THe event comes amid continuing concerns among small businesses and entrepreneurs about finding sources of capital to launch their businesses or keep them going.

The forum will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET with the panel discussions, which will be webcast on the SEC's Web site. The afternoon breakout group sessions will not be webcast, but they will be open to the public and accessible via teleconference. Anyone wishing to participate in a breakout group, either in person or by teleconference, must register online by November 14.

The names of panel participants and the full agenda for the forum will be announced at a later date and posted on the SEC's Web site.

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