It’s amazing that my party rental business is going strong nearly a year after COVID-19 almost knocked us out. After getting a Paycheck Protection Program loan and focusing on smaller events, we’re finally getting back to normal as the economy reopens. I thought we were about ready to grow again, but now I’m concerned that Congress is advancing ridiculous legislation that could really hurt our business and many more.
For more than a year, Congress has been investigating big tech companies like Facebook and Google. Now, they are considering aggressively regulating digital platforms — perhaps even breaking them up entirely — and they don’t seem to understand that little companies like ours succeed by standing on these giant companies’ shoulders. Facebook, Google, Yelp and other companies offer digital tools that help small businesses reach more customers and grow. After everything we’ve been through, now is the worst possible time for Congress to regulate the big guys in ways that rebound against us.