The long term benefits of being publicly traded are numerous and can include: improved liquidity, higher company value, the ability to make acquisitions or attract and retain employees with the newly public companies stock and greater access to capital at a lower cost.
In addition, having public trading status allows a company the ability to make acquisitions with their stock, since publicly traded stock is viewed as currency for mergers and acquisitions. More over, public trading status often leads to a higher price for a later offering of a companies securities.
There are many market places you may consider to go public in the world, however, in the USA, even a Small Business still can go public.
There are four main ways a company can "Go Public" in the USA.
More go public listing information, see NASDAQ Listing Requirements.
PBM's Go-Public Planning can assist in your company through the entire process of going public from introducing qualified and experienced securities attorneys, market makers, accountants and transfer agents to giving professional services on how to structure your company prior to go public in order to minimize dilution and maximize financing prospects.