Now is the Moment to Advocate for Small Business: A Kauffman Conversation

Date: 9 Sep 2020 | posted in: agriculture, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Stacy Mitchell joined an online discussion with Jason Wiens, policy director for the Kauffman Foundation, and Brandy Bynum Dawson, director of Advocacy for the NC Rural Center about the critical role policy plays for small businesses – especially given the confluence of factors in 2020.… Read More

On the “Who Is?” Podcast: Stacy Mitchell Explains How Jeff Bezos has Leveraged Government Favors to Amass Alarming Power

Date: 3 Sep 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On the “Who Is?” podcast, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell explains how Jeff Bezos built Amazon into the empire it is today by exploiting fractures in economic policy and then leveraging the company’s political influence to dominate our economy. … Read More

Hill Briefing: Breaking the Power of Big Tech

Date: 2 Sep 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

ILSR helped organize and participated in a briefing, cosponsored by more than 40 local and national economic and racial justice, small business, and antimonopoly groups, making the case for Congress to break up and regulate Big Tech. The event included opening remarks from Congressman David Cicilline followed by two lively panels. Watch! … Read More

Report: Amazon’s Monopoly Tollbooth

Date: 28 Jul 2020 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Amazon’s dominance of online retail means that hundreds of thousands of small businesses must rely on its site to reach customers. In this report, we find that Amazon is exploiting its gatekeeper power to extract a growing cut of the revenue earned by these sellers. It’s doing this by imposing ever-larger fees on them. This tactic is often dooming their businesses. It’s also enabling Amazon to entrench its monopoly grip on e-commerce, while expanding its dominance into logistics and advertising.… Read More

Update: PPP Loan Data Continues to Show that Big Bank Consolidation has Hampered Small Business Relief

Date: 15 Jun 2020 | posted in: agriculture | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After Congress authorized a second round of PPP funding in May, news stories suggested that the big banks, like JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America, were picking up the pace and catching up to small banks. Yet data on total PPP lending through June 6 continue to show that a greater presence of big banks in a state correlates with fewer relief loans made to small businesses.… Read More

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