Competition & Regulatory Policy

June 25th, 2024 by

SMALL BUSINESS INSIDER By Karen Kerrigan – Federal regulatory activity has received outsized attention from our team over the last three years. Why? Because that activity has significantly increased. President Biden’s cumulative regulatory tab just hit $1.64 trillion this week. Of course, the effects of excessive regulation are particularly costly and burdensome for small businesses. […]

June 14th, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is back trying to impose draconian, archaic regulation on broadband service providers. While failing in terms of understanding basic economic, market and business realities, one might be tempted to give points to those who favor so-called “net neutrality” regulation for their persistence. However, in reality, […]

June 13th, 2024 by

In a new OP-ED, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan writes that policy predictability is needed for small businesses in order to navigate current headwinds and thrive in the long term. Unfortunately, various federal government agencies are pumping out new rules and regulations that not only fuel uncertainty, but if fully enacted raise small […]

June 13th, 2024 by

In a June 6 Townhall OP-ED, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan reviews the various challenges faced by small businesses. She writes that government policies should support and relieve small businesses of burdens, not work to create more costs and uncertainties. An idea being floated by some members of Congress would impose new restrictions […]

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 […]

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