I believe in competition and free markets. I believe American small businesses hold communities together and push economies forward. As owners, employees and customers of small businesses, we should do more for those businesses that survived the pandemic and are ready to lead the recovery. In light of the big regulatory bills that were recently introduced, do not make their job harder to innovate and succeed.
I understand that there are headlines to be made in attacking large companies, but during the pandemic Google, Amazon and other American technology leaders helped small businesses survive. Research shows (https://digitallydriven.connectedcouncil.org/) millions of businesses would have closed if they did not have access to digital services and online marketplaces. We did not ask you to spend precious time and taxpayer dollars going after companies that help small businesses. The labor market is shifting, uncertainty is slowing recovery, and Congress should be focusing on helping people. Do not play politics in the name of competition. Instead, talk to small businesses that rely on the scale, security, and low prices digital tools and services provide to help with recovery and find success.
In China, the government picks business winners and losers. In America, we believe in free and fair markets and real competition. Autocratic laws that punish success through government oversight and over-reach are unAmerican. They do not help me or my community’s local small businesses. I do not want them.
Millions of small businesses are waiting for Congress to take action and fill the gap in PPP loan funding, to support our recovery, and to speak to our issues. It isn’t flashy. But it is necessary. The least you can do is not make it harder for small businesses to succeed. Do your job, and we’ll do ours.