eBay Advocacy Day 2017

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.

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Going to eBay Washington DC Fly In

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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

#protectsmallbiz #DCFlyIn17 #eBay #heyvivretro #smallbusiness #washingtondc #smallbusinessweek #ecommerce #shopsmall #ebaymainstreet

NY State Budget Sales Tax Concerns

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.

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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

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#NoNyNetTax  #NoNetTax

Jewelry Love <3

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One of my favorite things to do is go through a box of jewelry – it feels a bit like Christmas.  I often buy  jewelry lots so I don’t always know what to expect when I open a box.   It may be a tangled heap of beads, charms, and pins, so I have all the fun of sorting.   It helps to divide everything into categories like necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc.  That way when I am ready to take pictures I can concentrate on one style at a time.  Some days I am in a necklace mood so I look for all the pendants I have.  Other days I want to see sparkle so it is rhinestone time. This makes it easier with the photo studio setup too.

There’s one big drawback that I still haven’t conquered after all these years… I want to keep it all !  So…  maybe one piece goes to me and the rest goes before the camera ready for the close up picture and ready to list.

Shop my collection of Vintage Jewelry on Ebay at bit.ly/HeyVivVintageJewelry  and see the new pieces I have discovered.

#heyvivretro #vintagejewelry #costumejewelry #eBay #vintageinspired