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Companies, Going Public

Companies become public entities for different reasons, but usually to raise additional capital. The SEC has prepared a guide for companies—Q&A: Small Business and the SEC—that provides a basic understanding about the various ways companies can become public and what securities laws apply. The SEC also has a list of some of the registration and reporting forms and related regulations that pertain to small and large companies.

If you have questions, you may want to direct them to the SEC's Small Business Ombudsman.


We have provided this information as a service to investors.  It is neither a legal interpretation nor a statement of SEC policy.  If you have questions concerning the meaning or application of a particular law or rule, please consult with an attorney who specializes in securities law.