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October 10, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Little known SEC committee could have big impact on start-up ecosystems

Here’s a committee we never heard of that could have an impact on entrepreneurial ecosystems.

It is the Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the group is meeting this Thursday where it will address entrepreneurship hubs and recent trends in taking a company public. Members of the public can watch the live meeting via webcast at this link.

The Committee, which provides advice and recommendations to the Commission on rules, regulations, and policy matters relating to small businesses, will start the morning session by exploring best practices deployed across the country to foster start-up creation and growth.  The Committee will hear from experts and discuss various factors that make entrepreneurial communities work effectively, and consider ways to continue supporting small business growth across the country.

In the afternoon session, the Committee will examine how economic conditions, recent changes in IPO (initial public offering) activity, and other factors may impact companies going public.  Experts in the field will share market data and insights with the Committee, and address how pathways to going public, including traditional IPOs, reverse mergers, SPACs, and direct listings, have been impacted.

The full agenda, meeting materials, and information on how to watch the meeting is available on the Committee webpage.

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