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SEC to Bring Forum to Creighton

By Scott Stewart

The Daily Record

The Securities and Exchange Commission will bring a free forum to Omaha for government and business professionals about small business capital formation.

The Aug. 14 event, the SEC’s 38th annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, will be hosted in partnership with the Heider College of Business at Creighton University. 

The forum will begin at 9 a.m. at the Mike and Josie Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St.

“The forum provides a platform to discuss small business capital formation, culminating in the identification of issues and formulation of recommendations for government and private action to improve the environment for small businesses,” according to an SEC news release.

   The first panel will look at capital formation success stories from the Silicon Prairie. Martha Legg Miller, SEC advocate for small business capital formation, will moderate the discussion.

   Announced panel participants are Allie Esch, principal at Dundee Venture Capital; Keith Fix, founder and CEO at Retail Aware; Stephanie Luebbe, executive director of Nebraska Angels; Claire McHenry, deputy director of Bureau of Securities at Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance; Jeff Slobotski, entrepreneur at Router Ventures and founder of Big Omaha and Silicon Prairie News; Heather Dawn Thompson, founder and lead manager of Native American Capital’s Tribal Opportunity Zones at Venture Group of Rapid City, South Dakota; and John Wirtz, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Hudl.

   The second panel will look at the SEC’s concept release and request for comment on ways to simplify, harmonize and improve the exempt offering framework to expand investment opportunities.

   Following the morning panel discussions, attendees will work in groups to identify capital raising issues faced by small businesses and their investors. Afternoon breakout groups will then work on identifying capital raising issues faced by small businesses and their investors.

   “These breakout groups will also formulate specific securities policy recommendations that provide strategic guidance on areas for future action,” the SEC said.

   The event will conclude with a networking hour after participants come back together to vote on policy recommendation priorities based on their group discussions.

   Find a full agenda and information on panelists by visiting tinyurl.com/omahasec2019.

   The morning panels will both be livestreamed at sec.gov, while the afternoon breakout sessions are offered virtually by phone or via web conference for those who are registered in advance. 

   Suggestions for topics to discuss at the forum are being solicited from the public. Email the SEC Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation at Events_OASB@sec.gov.

SEC Committee to Meet at Creighton

   The SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee will host a meeting Aug. 13 at Creighton University in Omaha.

   The gathering will be the committee’s second meeting since its formation. The committee provides the SEC with advice and recommendations on rules, regulations and policy matters relating to small businesses. 

   The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at Creighton University in the Fitzgerald Boardroom on the fourth floor of the Mike and Josie Harper Center. The meeting is expected to run until 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public with limited seating availability. 

   Video of the meeting will be livestreamed and archived on the committee’s website, sec.gov/page/small-business-capital-formation-advisory-committee. The website will also include an agenda, meeting notice and additional information on the session.

Maha Conference to Feature Official

   The Maha Discovery Conference, the successor to Big Omaha, will feature the SEC advocate for small business capital formation.

   Martha Legg Miller will speak Aug. 15 at the one-day, one-track innovation conference, which will be held at Metropolitan Community College’s Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology at its Fort Omaha Campus.

“Maha Discovery is intended to pick up where the Big Omaha conference left off last year, with themes of inclusivity, technology, sustainability, and more,” according to the festival’s website.

   Miller is part of a lineup of speakers that also includes Douglas Rushkoff, Jewel Burks Solomon, Carey Anne Nadeau, Megon Dee-Cave, Kaitlyn and Matt Hova, Nawal Fakhoury, Cassidy Williams, Gunhee Park, Jeremy Bouman and Justin Fennert.

   Tickets for the conference are $185 in advance and $240 at the door. Find more on each of the speakers, as well as purchase passes, at mahafestival.com.

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