Recently, I was invited to Washington DC to attend eBay’s Advocacy Day on Wed May 3, 2017 as part of a group of about 20 businesses from across the US. It was a wonderful chance to network, learn, and talk about the challenges we face as small businesses. eBay Advocacy Day is an annual event out together by the eBay Government Relations Team. The team set up meetings with our representatives in the Senate and Congress where we talked about internet tax, open trade, NAFTA, and how government regulations affect our business. We also visited the White House for a meeting with Andrew Bremberg, the Assistant to the President and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Michael Kratsios, the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer. The lines of communication were open and information exchanged.
That week we were in Washington also happened to be Small Business Week – April 30th to May 6, 2017 so it was doubly exciting to be in Washington for this celebration.
And after the hard work, comes the celebration. The eBay team set up a Seller Showcase at Eastern Market and treated us to a party. Here’s a video from the Hey Viv ! Booth.
Wow ! I have been selected to go to Washington DC for this year’s eBay Main Street Washington DC Fly In on May 2-4!
#DCFlyIn17 is bringing together 23 local small businesses from 18 states to meet with our nation’s Congressmen and women and their staff members to lobby on behalf of small business. Let’s get our voices heard !
Make Your Voice Heard – eBay Main Street is a global grassroots action network that keeps you informed and engaged on public policy issues that affect ecommerce. Learn more at www.ebaymainstreet.com
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On Tuesday, March 7, 2017 six eBay sellers took a trip to Albany to speak with Senators and Assemblymembers about proposed provisions in the NY Budget.
Meeting with NY State Assemblymember Peter Abbate
The NY State Budget now under consideration has a proposed provision regarding sales tax on internet purchases shipping into NY State. This change could set a precedent that other states may follow. This provision would require NY-based internet marketplaces to collect and remit sales tax on behalf of its sellers, regardless of whether or not the seller has a physical presence in the state of NY. (for example – eBay has NY offices so they would have to collect NY sales tax for orders coming in to NY state. ) More money for NY but headaches and higher fees for all of us who sell on online marketplaces..
Thanks to Laura Dooley and Emily Shuttleworth from the eBay Government Relations team for arranging the trip and appointments with:
Senator Simcha Felder
Assemblymember Peter Abbate
Senator Richard Funke
Assemblymember Ken Zabrowski
Assemblymember Felix Ortiz
Senator John DeFrancisco
Assemblymember Diana Richardson
eBay Businesses Represented:
George’s Toy Chest – Anastasia Andrzejewski
NYC Fitness, Family & Finds – Kathy Terrill
The Prune Danish – Mendy Lieberman
Whitney Portal LLC – Harris and Gwen Gisel
Hey Viv ! Retro Clothing – Vivian Vivian Hey Viv Vassar