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Unboxing Competition: Breaking up Amazon Will Benefit Chinese Marketplaces at Small Businesses’ Expense

A central argument Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan and her allies consistently make is that Amazon is hampering competition and needs to be broken up.  Reportedly, the agency is preparing a lawsuit to break up the company – a move that would ultimately hurt sellers who use Amazon’s services to reach global markets,…

September 25, 2023

The Balancing Act: Intelligent Policy Design for Intelligently-Driven Businesses

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a ubiquitous term in our rapidly evolving digital era, driving transformative changes across nearly all industries. Among its numerous applications, AI has emerged as a game-changer for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), offering them transformative productivity hacks and leveling the playing field against larger competitors. However, with policymakers now charged…

September 19, 2023

Breaking Prime: How the FTC Could Harm Millions of Small Sellers

Selling on Amazon has proven to be a game changer for small businesses, providing them access to a global audience and the opportunity to thrive in the e-commerce industry. Close to 90% of Amazon Prime members say they like what they’re getting, and this satisfaction translates to increased visibility and sales for small sellers, giving…

August 16, 2023

AI: The New Frontier for Small Businesses

Artificial intelligence (AI) seems to be all over the news these days. Since the arrival of ChatGPT, more and more companies are touting the use of AI. With this increase in attention to AI, there have also been some concerns from policymakers, advocates, and others around job displacement, disinformation, and data security. While skepticism of…

August 3, 2023

3C Webinar Top 10 Q&As

As part of the #SummerofSmallBizAdvocacy, hundreds of small business leaders attended our webinar on “Unleashing the Power of Advocacy for Your Small Business.” The webinar featured an esteemed panel of small business owners from the 3C Community who passionately shared their perspectives about the importance of advocacy and encouraged others to get involved.  Click here…

July 25, 2023

Amazon Sellers Question Misguided FTC Assertions

It’s not really news (though it was apparently leaked) that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), after several years of investigation, may be close to filing a lawsuit alleging that Amazon’s business practices violate antitrust law.  What is news is the abject shakiness of the FTC’s reportedly strongest claim – that Amazon manipulates consumer search results…

July 3, 2023

Getting Data Privacy Right is Critical for Small Business Success

Small businesses continue to show incredible resilience despite years of unexpected economic turbulence. The economy remains fragile, but policymakers in Washington, D.C., and some states are tackling an issue that could have profound financial implications for small businesses: data privacy. The need for a national data privacy law One central tenet we can all agree…

June 28, 2023

View from Capitol Hill: Recapping 2022 and Looking Ahead to 2023

As we begin the new year, it is helpful to reflect on small businesses’ challenges and noteworthy successes in 2022. Despite the ongoing economic uncertainty, small businesses proved yet again that they are incredibly resilient and poised for a strong 2023.  In 2022, small businesses had another prolific year on Capitol Hill advocating for important…

January 24, 2023

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