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Surviving Coronavirus

The spread of coronavirus has had small business owners wondering what, if anything, they can do to maintain their businesses. While no one could have predicted how this pandemic would play out, there are many smart and practical things we can all do to set a stronger course for the road ahead, especially as we begin to reopen.

We are working to help small businesses, their employees, and their customers stay safe as we work toward recovery. To find the right tools to use, the right questions to ask, and the resources you need – including the 3C Fund Finder tool, visit 3C’s partner resource centers and check back on this page for tips and advice. We are in this together.

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Small Business Resilience

Member Highlight: Peninsula Party Rentals

As Feliciano Zavala writes in the San Francisco Chronicle, he is amazed that his Palo Alto-based party rental business is going so strong nearly a year after COVID-19 almost knocked it out. Following a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and loan and a revised focus on smaller events, Peninsula Party Rentals is finally getting back to…

Coronavirus Resources

Doc Goodbeard Digital Makeover

Jim Dorkins of Doc Goodbeard Beard Care Products reached out to 3C because his small business was crushed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Doc Goodbeard’s sales came to a screeching halt when…

September 30, 2020

Small Business Resilience: Beddy’s

Betsy Mikesell’s twin boys’ bunk beds were a source of continued irritation. Making the beds was a chore. The boys didn’t want to do it. She didn’t either. What if there were a way….

September 25, 2020

OPINION: Colorado small businesses depend on big-tech partners

Eighteen months ago, our family moved to Colorado. We wanted to live outdoors, enjoy the mountains, and send our kids to great schools. As a digital entrepreneur who can…

September 21, 2020

Report reveals online marketplaces add billions to U.S. small businesses

A report from the Connected Commerce Council (3C), a non-profit with a goal of promoting digital access for small businesses, revealed that online marketplaces provide U.S…

September 21, 2020

Online Marketplaces Provide Billions in Value to Small Businesses

Marketplaces are as old as commerce. As long as there have been buyers and sellers, there have been places like farmers’ markets, bazaars, and department stores to bring them together and make the exchange of money for products more efficient. Marketplaces promote competition, enable retailers to access…

September 17, 2020

Online Marketplaces Provide Billions in Value for US Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. (September 16, 2020): The Connected Commerce Council (3C) today released “Economic Benefits of Online Marketplaces for U.S. Based Small and Medium-sized Businesses,” a report detailing how online marketplaces like Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Target, and Walmart provide U.S. small businesses with billions of dollars in economic value. In 2018, the most recent year with…

September 16, 2020

Senator Lee’s Digital Platforms Hearing “Poorly Timed and Wholly Unfounded”

Salt Lake City, UT (September 15, 2020): The Connected Commerce Council (3C) responded today to Sen. Mike Lee’s, R-Utah, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy & Consumer Rights, hearing on digital platforms. The hearing comes as millions of American small businesses are increasingly leveraging online tools, resources, and marketplaces amid…

September 15, 2020

Digital Safety Net Helps Wisconsin Small Businesses Survive During COVID-19

The Connected Commerce Council (3C) today released a report detailing the existence and importance of the small business “Digital Safety Net” to businesses in all 50 states. The report confirms…

September 15, 2020

Study: Nebraska small businesses lag in digital realm but are adjusting quickly

Nebraska small business owners are ready to embrace digital tools to grow their operations. That’s according to a research project conducted by the Connected Commerce Council, a non-profit membership…

September 15, 2020

Report shows digital safety net helps Kentucky small businesses survive during COVID-19

The Connected Commerce Council (3C) has released a report detailing the existence and importance of the small business “Digital Safety Net” to businesses in all 50 states. The report confirms….

September 14, 2020

Connected Commerce Council Releases New Report: Arizona’s Digitally Savvy Small Businesses Outperform During Pandemic

The Connected Commerce Council (3C) today released a report detailing how small businesses nationwide that embraced digital tools early are generating more revenue than their peers…

September 14, 2020

Utah Leaders, Small Businesses Cite Importance of Digital Tools for Economic Recovery

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (September 10, 2020) – State Senate Majority Whip Dan Hemmert and Utah small businesses joined industry leaders for a discussion about the importance of technology platforms and tools and the current technology regulatory environment. The ‘Tech Forward Webcast: How Technology Is Fueling the Utah Recovery’ was hosted by Jake Ward, President…

September 14, 2020

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