Competition & Regulatory Policy

June 11th, 2024 by

By Karen Kerrigan – The impact of regulation can be especially insidious for small business. Particularly if regulators “overreach,” act blindly, or do not consider downstream effects. A recent House Small Business Committee report scrutinizes the activity of various federal regulatory agencies that have either ignored their responsibilities to understand those effects, or have erroneously […]

June 3rd, 2024 by

by Karen Kerrigan –  It’s been 24 years since Amazon “opened its doors” to small sellers, which allowed SMBs to use the platform to connect with customers on their marketplace. Currently, 60% of sales on the platform are generated by SMBs. In recent years Amazon has been documenting SMB sales growth and other data through […]

May 18th, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating – It’s hard to make the case that hyper-activism on the part of antitrust regulators in recent times is rooted in any kind of relationship to clear economic thinking or to economic reality. Recently, I listened to Lina Khan, who Chairs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and I heard a great […]

April 23rd, 2024 by

NEWS For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement in response to today’s action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that bans the use of employer non-compete agreements. “Today’s action banning the use of non-compete agreements is not only uninformed and […]

April 10th, 2024 by

In a new DC Journal Op-Ed, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan laments intrusive government overreach in President Biden’s war on what he is calling “junk fees.” She writes that consumers and small businesses will not benefit from this unwarranted intervention, and notes that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) new rule capping credit-card […]

April 5th, 2024 by

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, D.C. – Today’s move by Meta, announcing it has filed a motion for summary judgment in a District Court requesting the dismissal of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawsuit that challenges the acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, is a reminder of what’s at stake in regard to the deeply troubling […]

March 21st, 2024 by

NEWS For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. – Today, two measures vitally important to protecting independent self-employment and small business competitiveness were advanced at the committee level in the U.S. House of Representatives. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce advanced HJRes 116, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to nullify the U.S. Department of […]

March 21st, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating – What is innovation? It’s the introduction of new and improved goods, services and methods to the marketplace. Of course, innovation in its various forms, and driven by private investment in assorted arenas – including in technology – is central to economic and income growth. There’s not much controversial in this […]

February 11th, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating – A new study confirms that the Credit Card Competition Act, which would impose routing mandates for credit card transactions, would inflict harm on small businesses. SBE Council has warned: “The mandates would drive billions of dollars from the credit market and force financial institutions to reduce crucial lending to entrepreneurs […]

February 2nd, 2024 by

The Honorable Lina M. Khan Chair Federal Trade Commission 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20580 Via email   Dear Chair Khan, As an organization dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and protecting small business, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) is focused on ensuring that the federal regulatory process is fair, transparent and inclusive […]

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