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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

3C Webinar Top 10 Q&As

The Connected Commerce Council (3C) recently hosted a webinar attended by hundreds of small business leaders from across the country to preview what to expect from the upcoming Congressional session and discuss what policymakers must do to prioritize small business issues and foster a stable business environment. Click here to watch a video recording of…

November 22, 2022

5 Tips for Small Business Holiday Sales

1. Tap into Online Markets and WebstoresSetting up an online store and selling on marketplaces like Amazon, Etsy, and Walmart and webstores like Shopify are fast and easy ways to find new customers before the holiday rush. Rural small businesses are already leveraging e-commerce to sell their products far beyond their local areas. Check out…

October 28, 2022

The Top 5 Things Small Business Owners Need To Know When Selling On Amazon

Whether you’re setting up shop for the first time or expanding your existing sales channels, deciding to sell on Amazon is an important step in broadening your customer base. The service has a strong appeal to platform users–in 2021, roughly 65 percent of all U.S. Amazon shoppers were Prime members. Small businesses are the backbone…

October 6, 2022

“I Discovered A Superpower:” Digital Tools Help Hispanic-Led Small Businesses Soar

The word to describe Hispanic-led small businesses’ success: astronomical. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration: Nearly one in four new businesses is Hispanic-owned. Nearly 5 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S. contribute more than $800 billion to the American economy every year. In the decade preceding the pandemic, the number of Hispanic business owners…

September 19, 2022

Online Marketplaces are the Future… if Congress Doesn’t Break the Business Model for Small Sellers

Millions of small businesses use accessible and affordable tools and services provided by digital platforms to launch, operate, grow, compete, and hire more employees. Technology provides small businesses with more easy-to-use options than ever before to help them reach markets beyond their local communities. And while brick-and-mortar stores and wholesale remain the most popular sales…

August 29, 2022

Why Aren’t Policymakers Listening to Small Businesses on Anti-Tech Legislation?

Over the past two years, there has been a forceful effort by a coalition of unusual parties that have been working to completely rewrite America’s antitrust laws and upend the digital economy, hurting small businesses in the process. Progressive members of Congress seem hellbent on punishing success, conservatives claiming private entities that remove hateful or…

August 22, 2022

NEW REPORT: Online Sales Have Outsized Impact on Rural Small Sellers

As found in our previous survey of two thousand American SMBs, small businesses are adaptable and find customers everywhere – brick-and-mortar stores, seller-branded online shops and online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay. We recently took this research a step further with a comparative study on small rural sellers. In this study, we compared how rural sellers…

July 18, 2022

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