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#VCPopUp + LRRC: Martha Miller, Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation

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Entrepreneurs – Come and share your ideas about what’s working and what’s not, so we can help drive positive policy change for entrepreneurs and small business investors.   

Join The Venture Center and the Little Rock Regional Chamber for a special #VCPopUp Event with the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Martha Miller, Director of the Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation. Entrepreneurs are the backbone of America, and Martha Miller wants to share how the Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation helps advance the interests of small businesses and their investors, as well as listen to your successes, challenges, and roadblocks. 

About Martha Miller:
Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation

Martha Legg Miller was named the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s first director of the Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation in December 2018, leading the new office created by the SEC Small Business Advocate Act of 2016. As the Advocate for Small Business, Miller oversees the office dedicated to advancing the interests of small businesses and their investors at the SEC and in the capital markets. 

Prior to joining the SEC, Miller was a partner at the law firm Balch & Bingham LLP in Birmingham, Alabama, where she represented companies and investors across a spectrum of corporate transactions.

Miller holds bachelor’s degrees in Cognitive Neuroscience and Communications Studies from Vanderbilt University and a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

About the Office

The Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation (OASB) is an independent office that began operations in January 2019. OASB advocates for small businesses and their investors by conducting outreach to solicit views on relevant capital formation issues, providing assistance to resolve significant problems, analyzing the potential small business impact of proposed regulations and rules, and recommending changes to mitigate capital formation issues and promote the interests of small businesses and their investors.

OASB is responsible for the following:

·      Identifying problems that small businesses have with securing access to capital;

·      Conducting outreach to small businesses and their investors to solicit views on capital formation issues;

·      Assisting small businesses and their investors in resolving significant problems they may have with the SEC or with self-regulatory organizations (SROs);

·      Identifying areas in which small businesses and their investors would benefit from changes in SEC regulations or SRO rules;

·      Analyzing the potential impact on small businesses and their investors of proposed SEC regulations and SRO rules; and

·      Proposing appropriate regulatory and legislative changes to the SEC and Congress to mitigate problems identified with small business capital formation and to promote the interests of small businesses and their investors.

 

Earlier Event: September 4
Deadline to Apply for Spark!
Later Event: September 18
Spark Kickoff!