The Securities and Exchange Commission's annual Small Business Capital Formation Forum will be held in conjunction with a meeting of the commission's advisory committee on smaller public companies, Sept. 19 and 20 in San Francisco.

"The advisory committee is considering different regulatory requirements for firms below an agreed-upon threshold of market capitalization, or perhaps some other measurement of size," said SEC Chairman Christopher Cox in a statement. "I have urged the advisory committee's leaders to conduct their work with a view to protecting investors, as they consider whether the costs imposed by the current securities regulatory system for smaller companies are proportionate to the benefits."

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