In Joint Comments to Federal Trade Commission, AIB Members Oppose Recently Approved Staples-Essendant Merger

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently approved a merger between office-supply chain Staples and Essendant, one of just two national wholesale companies upon which independent office products dealers rely — giving control of this important supplier to one of their biggest competitors. In joint … Read More

In Support of Antitrust Rulemaking, AIB Members Submit Comments to Federal Trade Commission on Impact of Amazon’s Platform Power

In joint comments submitted this fall to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in regards to the agency’s latest hearings on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century,” Advocates for Independent Business members voiced concern that concentrated market power and … Read More

AIB Voices Concern Over Amazon’s Proposed Acquisition of Whole Foods, Requests Hearing

In a letter to four leading members of Congress, AIB expressed concerns over the way Amazon’s growing market power is threatening the economic vitality of tens of thousands of independent businesses across the country, and how buying Whole Foods would allow Amazon to expand its dominance.

Anticompetitive Conditions Are Impacting Independent Businesses, AIB Writes in Letter to Sen. Klobuchar

In today’s highly concentrated markets, the ability of dominant companies to exclude and impede businesses from competing has become one of the most pressing issues facing independent businesses. On the heels of a recent speech about the need for more vigorous antitrust enforcement by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) has sent Sen. Klobuchar a letter commending her call for action and sharing information about the experiences of AIB’s member businesses.

Independent Businesses Report Growing Sales and Hiring, but Policies Tilted in Favor of Large Companies Hold Them Back
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The 9th annual Independent Business Survey finds that public support for independent businesses led to brisk sales and a sharp increase in hiring in 2015, but biased policies and other obstacles are limiting their success.