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3C Response to State of the Union Address

Washington, DC (Feb. 7th): Connected Commerce Council Executive Director Rob Retzlaff issued the following statement on President Biden’s State of the Union Address: “President Biden’s call to rein in America’s leading technology companies is the latest misguided attack against America’s digitally empowered small businesses. Millions of American small businesses use the free and low cost…

New Research Debunks DOJ’s Google Ads “Hipster” Antitrust Myth

Washington, DC (Jan. 27, 2023): A new study released by the Connected Commerce Council (3C) that surveyed 1,600 small businesses shows that digital advertising competition is fierce, contesting the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) new lawsuit claiming that Google abuses its market dominance in online advertising. Though Congress, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and DOJ continue…

3C Statement on DOJ-Google Ads Lawsuit That Would Harm Small Businesses

Washington, DC (Jan. 24th): Connected Commerce Council (3C) Executive Director Rob Retzlaff released a statement responding to the Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit against Google’s advertising practices. “Today’s news of DOJ’s lawsuit against Google’s ad-technology business is deeply concerning to millions of America’s small businesses, from restaurant owners to online product sellers and publishers. Research…

Small Businesses Voice Frustration With FTC’s Data Collection Proposals

Washington, DC (November 21, 2022): Several small businesses that use digital advertising and social media to find customers to grow their businesses recently urged the Federal Trade Commission to ensure that potential new data collection regulations will not make free and low-cost digital tools less effective or more expensive. The businesses filed comments in an…

Denver Startup Founder Recognized as 3C Congressional Champion

Washington, DC (Sep. 26, 2022): Angel Johnson, the founder of ICONI in Denver, was recognized by the Connected Commerce Council (3C) as a Congressional Champion for her advocacy on Capitol Hill. Angel met with Sen. Bennet’s and Sen. Hickenlooper’s offices last week to discuss the importance of digital tools for startups and small businesses, and the need…

Small Business Organization Responds to California’s Amazon Lawsuit

Washington, DC (Sep 14, 2022): ​​Connected Commerce Council (3C) Executive Director Rob Retzlaff made the following statement in response to California’s lawsuit against Amazon. “This lawsuit is an extraordinary waste of taxpayer money, an affront to consumers and small Amazon sellers in California, and perplexing in its entirety. First, an essentially similar lawsuit in Washington,…

New Study: Online Sales Fuel Rural Small Business Growth and Optimism

Washington, DC (July 14, 2022): A new study shows that small rural sellers may be the greatest beneficiaries of the many innovations in online selling. A survey of 1,000 rural sellers, commissioned by the Connected Commerce Council, shows that the most popular sales methods for rural small sellers are online marketplaces (57%) and web stores…

Anti-Tech Legislation Would Slam Small Businesses With $100,000 “Digital Economy Tax”

Washington, DC (July 13, 2022): A new study estimates that the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA / S.2992), spearheaded by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), would cost millions of small businesses nationwide on average more than $100,000 each during the first five years after the law takes effect. The report by Dartmouth College economist…

Small Business Leaders Overwhelmingly Oppose Tech Antitrust Legislation

Washington, DC (June 23, 2022): As U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) urges her colleagues to support legislation attacking large online platforms such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, a new study shows that small businesses oppose efforts to restrict platforms from offering integrated tools and services that save small businesses time and money. In a survey…

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