Main Street Alliance members add their voices to Accountable Tech’s “Main Street Against Big Tech” Campaign, to reveal realities of tech monopolies‘ impact on small businesses
Six-Figure National Campaign Shares the Experiences of Over a Dozen Small Business Owners Across the Country
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Accountable Tech Launches Main Street Against Big Tech
On Friday – Ahead of next week’s Q3 earnings reports from Facebook, Google, and Amazon – Accountable Tech, including stories from Main Street Alliance members, launched “Main Street Against Big Tech,” a six-figure national campaign and storytelling effort to demonstrate the variety of ways in which Big Tech squeeze and exploit small businesses across the country.
For too long, Big Tech corporations have used small business owners as a shield to protect them from real reform and accountability, cynically casting themselves as saviors of mom-and-pop shops and lifelines for entrepreneurs. But the truth is that Big Tech exploits small businesses at every step of the way by providing misleading and unreliable data, imposing hidden costs, designing confusing interfaces, making abrupt changes in their rules and algorithms, and having inadequate customer service.
“In an effort to avoid regulatory scrutiny, monopolists like Facebook, Google, and Amazon have spent millions of dollars persuading lawmakers and the public that their business products are a lifeline for small businesses when in fact the opposite is true,” said Nicole Gill, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Accountable Tech. “These corporate giants abuse their power to exploit small business owners, extracting monopoly fees for access to the digital economy and draining them of resources that would otherwise be reinvested in their communities. But now small business owners are fighting back by sharing their lived experience to expose the real relationship between Big Tech and Main Street.”
“Guardrails on Big Tech are incredibly important to small businesses competing on and with these giant platforms that also determine and control the avenues to reaching customers,” said Didier Trinh, Director of Policy and Political Impact at Main Street Alliance. ”As stories from our members show, this has been an ongoing issue that is directly impacting small business bottom lines and competitiveness. Antitrust regulation and enforcement is one place where we can look to build a more resilient and fair economy coming out of the pandemic.”
This new campaign – launched by Accountable Tech with support from Main Street Alliance, Small Business Rising, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and the American Economic Liberties Project – will continue to highlight stories of small business owners across industries who have experienced first-hand the ways in which Big Tech abuses its monopoly power to pad profits at their expense. Through compelling video testimonials, as well as a storybook, paid ads, and earned media, Main Street Against Big Tech will cut through the false narratives long spun up by Silicon Valley giants and reveal the truth.
Watch the Teaser Video for the Campaign
Guadalupe (Lupe) Ramirez
Owner of AlterNatives Boutique, MSA Member
Lupe is the owner of AlterNatives boutique store in Richmond, Virginia. She created AlterNatives with the idea that the marketplace is a sacred space in which everyone should receive access to equal opportunity. She works directly with local and international artisans to sell their fair trade products.
Executive Director of Carolyn Dorfman Dance, MSA Member
Anita is the Executive Director of Carolyn Dorfman Dance. She manages the dance company’s roughly million dollar annual budget and oversees a digital team that works on digital marketing and social media.
Founder of Well-Paid Maids, MSA Member
Takoma Park, MD
Aaron is the CEO and Founder of Well-Paid Maids. He created Well-Paid Maids to help prove that living-wage businesses can be successful in traditionally low-paying industries.
Owner of The Charleston Gazette-Mail, MSA Member
Doug is the owner of HD Media, which owns several newspapers in West Virginia including The Charleston Gazette-Mail. In 2021, he sued Facebook and Google for their duopoly on digital ads that undermines local news media including his newspaper business.
CEO of 13 ACE Hardware Stores, Small Business Rising Member
Gina is the owner of 13 ACE Hardware Stores across the Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. area. She operates these stores as co-ops with ownership now shared for some stores between her and her 200+ employees, who she calls teammates.
CEO of Guernsey Office Products, Small Business Rising Member
David is the CEO and Founder of Guernsey Incorporated, one of the largest independent business products dealers in the United States. They provide supply chain and procurement management services for office supplies for small and medium-sized businesses across the country.
About Main Street Alliance
Main Street Alliance is a national network of small business coalitions working to build a new voice for small businesses on important public policy issues. Alliance small business owners share a vision of public policies that work for business owners, our employees, and the communities we serve.