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Digital Economy Antitrust: Congress Aims Big, But Inflicts the Pain on Small Businesses

Small businesses – beware! Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) are pushing to have a vote in a matter of weeks on S.2992, the bad-for-small business, intentionally misnamed “American Innovation and Choice Online Act”(AICOA). The stated intent of this legislation is to limit the growth of America’s most successful digital companies; but the…

New Research: Online Marketplaces Help Level the Playing Field for Small Sellers

Washington, DC (May 26, 2022): Small business sellers are finding incredible value in selling their products via online marketplaces like Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Etsy, and Target, plus many smaller ones, according to a new study commissioned by the Connected Commerce Council (3C). In a survey of 1,000 small and medium-sized sellers (SMB Sellers) nationwide, nearly…

3C Criticizes Sen. Klobuchar’s Latest Amendment to S. 2992 as a Sham that Doesn’t Address Small Business Concerns

Washington, DC (May 26, 2022): Rob Retzlaff, Connected Commerce Council (3C) Executive Director, released the following statement following Sen. Klobuchar’s (D-MN) manager’s amendment to Senate Bill 2992, the American Innovation and Choice online Act.  “Senate Klobuchar’s manager’s amendment is political window dressing, designed to make her colleagues believe she has addressed some of the countless…

3C Slams Sen. Lee Bill That Would Crush Small Business Online Advertising

Washington, DC (May 19, 2022): Rob Retzlaff, Connected Commerce Council (3C) Executive Director, today responded to Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) introduction of The Competition and Transparency in Digital Advertising Act, legislation that will cause ad prices to rise, disproportionately hurting small businesses that use affordable digital ads to promote their business. “Google’s affordable, easy-to-use digital…

New Research: Small Businesses Believe Congress is Focusing on Wrong Issues

Washington, DC (May 19, 2022): As inflation rises to historic high levels, the stock market continues to be volatile, and supply chain disruptions threaten economic recovery, small business leaders are confounded by Congress’s excessive attention on a problem that doesn’t exist: “fixing” the remarkably successful small and medium-sized business (SMB) digital economy. A national survey…

David Audretsch: Mom-and-pop retail is now diverse, exciting, successful

Americans’ shopping preferences have changed. Indiana residents would often walk to the five-and-dime in the past, and we made many more trips to the mall. Today, those visits are less frequent, yet many...

OPINION: Anti-trust bill will hurt small businesses, disrupt commerce

Congress is currently debating the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA), an antitrust proposal with very good intentions that was designed to protect consumers. Unfortunately, the broad scope of this measure could...

Sheffie Robinson: Are lawmakers in Congress trying to hurt Florida’s small businesses?

I hope Congress stops and thinks carefully before passing laws that could do more harm than good. I am a self-taught software engineer and serial entrepreneur who loves helping people move up in the world. One of the most...

Can Small Business Save Us?

When Ann Cantrell realized a pandemic had descended upon New York City in March of 2020, the prompt that led her to shut down her iconic Brooklyn shop, Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store didn’t come from a daily Mayor…

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