Fisher College of Business, National Center for the Middle Market to host SEC Government-Business Forum

Courtney West

Event to provide an opportunity to formulate specific policy recommendations

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business and the National Center for the Middle Market have partnered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to host the SEC’s annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation on December 12.

The event, which begins at 9 a.m. EST at the Fawcett Center on Ohio State’s campus, will be open to the public and will provide a platform to highlight additional measures to improve small business capital formation.

“Fisher College of Business is excited to work with the National Center for the Middle Market on an event that provides members of the business community with an opportunity to shape government policy that has impacts on their organizations and industries,” said Anil K. Makhija, dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business at Fisher. “We are delighted that the SEC has chosen The Ohio State University as the venue for this important conversation.”

The event will feature panel discussions exploring how capital formation options are working for small businesses, such as those in the Midwest. Participants will then work in groups to formulate specific policy recommendations. Information on the panel participants and the full agenda will be announced in the coming weeks and will be available on the forum webpage. Registration for the forum is available here.

“We have made it a priority to reach out to small businesses across the country,” said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. “Holding this event in Columbus, one of the top five best cities for entrepreneurs and startups, will give us the opportunity to hear directly from small businesses and their investors on ways to improve our regulatory system.” 

Opening remarks and panel discussions will be webcast live. Breakout group sessions will not be webcast but will be accessible by teleconference for those not attending in person. Anyone wishing to participate in a breakout group in person or by teleconference must register online by December 7.

Members of the public are invited to suggest recommendations or topics to be discussed at the forum by calling the SEC’s Office of Small Business Policy at (202) 551-3460.

About The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business

The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business provides tomorrow’s business leaders with the foundation needed to succeed in business today. Led by world-class faculty, Fisher students experience an academically rigorous learning environment that fosters the development of an entrepreneurial spirit, global awareness and principled leadership skills. Organizations from around the globe thrive under the leadership of Fisher alumni, who are positively impacting their communities and the world.

About the National Center for the Middle Market

The National Center for the Middle Market is a collaboration between The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, SunTrust Banks Inc., Grant Thornton LLP, and Cisco Systems. The Center was founded in 2011 and is the nation’s leading research institution dedicated to helping middle market companies to be more competitive through research, advocacy and educational initiatives. To learn more about the Center visit