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A Fair Playing Field? Investigating Big Tech’s Impact on Small Business

Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 1:00 PM

The Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “A Fair Playing Field? Investigating Big Tech’s Impact on Small Business.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Over the last decade, digital platforms have transformed American commerce through the rapid development of innovative business solutions that have helped small businesses reach and serve new customers. However, the boundless influence of Big Tech has raised concerns about how these platforms impact small firms that have come to rely on their business models. This hearing will give Members the opportunity to hear from large tech companies and small business about their perspectives on how to ensure that main street businesses have an equitable opportunity to compete in the information age.

To view a livestream of the hearing, please click here

Hearing Notice 

Hearing Memo 

Witness List 

Panel One
Mr. Dharmesh M. Mehta
Vice President, Customer Trust and Partner Support
Seattle, WA
*Testifying on behalf of Amazon

Ms. Erica Swanson
Head of Community Engagement, Grow with Google
Mountain View, CA
*Testifying on behalf of Google

Dr. Joe Kennedy
Senior Fellow
Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
Washington, DC
*Testifying on behalf of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Panel Two
Ms. Allyson Cavaretta
Principal and Owner
Meadowmere Resort
Ogunquit, ME

Mr. Molson Hart
Viahart Toy Co.
Houston, TX

Mr. Harold Feld
Senior Vice President
Public Knowledge
Washington, DC

Ms. Theo Prodromitis
Co-Founder and CEO
Spa Destinations
Tampa, FL

Mr. Jake Ward
Connected Commerce Council
Washington, DC

Mr. Graham Dufault
Senior Director for Public Policy
ACT | The App Association
Washington, DC

*Witness testimony will be posted within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence


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