Why you should take this workshop
Capital plays a critical role in starting and growing your company. Entrepreneurs have a few options when it comes to accessing capital; however, each option presents unique challenges. Many raise capital through some combination of bootstrapping, self-financing, bank debt, and equity capital from investors. In this workshop, led by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Small Business Advocate, Martha Miller, learn about the resources the SEC has available for small businesses, especially in the time of crisis or downturn. In addition, learn to leverage the SEC's tools to help your company access capital under the federal securities laws. Join us for an introduction, and a plain English conversation!
- 20 minutes of discussion from Martha, highlighting:
- the tools and resources the SEC has available for small businesses
- a guided walk through of the pathways available for entrepreneurs to access investment capital and
- data on the state of capital formation
- 40 minutes of open AMA time to ask Martha questions about engaging with the SEC, navigating the securities regulatory framework, and how the Office can help
- Access the live replay in the iFundWomen Workshop Library
What you will learn
An introduction to the SEC’s Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation and resources available at the SEC
Introductory discussion on pathways to access capital from investors
A high-level look at the state of capital formation
Get an introduction to what the SEC's Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation does and how they support small business.
Get a walkthrough of the basic capital formation toolkit available to entrepreneurs under the federal securities laws.
Take a look at the data and explore how small businesses are accessing capital from investors. You will also get a closer look at resources designed to help educate small businesses owners.
Martha will be available to answer your questions about engaging with the SEC, navigating the securities regulatory framework, and how the Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation can help.
About the coach
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. The office is responsible for advocating 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.
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.