PHOENIX, Arizona (May 21, 2020) – Community leaders and small businesses throughout Arizona sent a letter calling on Governor Ducey and other state policymakers to preserve access to business-critical digital tools and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and the long recovery period ahead. Led by the Connected Commerce Council (3C), the letter was signed by over 90 Arizona-based leaders representing a range of digitally empowered small businesses, including Console Holster in Phoenix.
“Access to online tools enables websites, analytics, digital ads, online marketplaces, and e-commerce platforms to empower retailers, restaurants, service providers, and Arizona small businesses of all types,” wrote Arizona business leaders. “Now, more than ever, businesses and the Arizonians they serve benefit from the stability, scale, and security of these tools.”
The letter also cautioned Governor Ducey that controversial campaigns against U.S. tech companies like Google and Facebook create unnecessary instability for millions of American small businesses using these tools and services to run and operate their businesses.
“With storefronts closed across the country, the tools offered by companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon have become vital economic lifelines for countless small business owners and entrepreneurs,” said 3C President Jake Ward. “We’re fortunate to have leaders like Governor Ducey who understand what it takes for Arizona to compete in the digital economy, but we continue to see misguided anti-tech campaigns that create needless uncertainty for small businesses just working to stay afloat.”
“Without tools like the Google Drive, there’s no way we could have maintained the same level of service for our customers across Arizona during this pandemic,” said Ian Ferguson, owner of Console Holster, in Phoenix.
“We’re lucky to have access to so many free and low-cost digital platforms and tools to stay in business, maintain our workforce, and serve our community. As we work toward reopening the economy, it’s important that elected leaders understand the role technology is now playing and avoid policy mistakes that could slow our recovery.”
A copy of the letter and a list of signers is available here.