FILM DOCUMENTS THE POSITIVE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE INTERNET AT FIVE LOCAL BUSINESSES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internet Association, the unified voice of America’s online economy, representing the interests of leading global Internet companies including Airbnb, Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace, salesforce.com, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga, hosted a small business crawl during D.C. Social Media week in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The tour highlighted the profound impacts of the Internet on local jobs, economic growth, and innovation.
“Businesses that make use of the web are expected to grow 40 percent faster and are nearly twice as likely to create jobs,” said Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman. “Lawmakers must understand that innovation fosters economic growth for small businesses, and that the Internet is a remarkable growth engine for small businesses, creating jobs in every sector of the economy.”
Five thriving brick and mortar businesses – Tranquil Space Yoga Studio, Lou Lou Boutiques, Hello Cupcake Bakery, PoliTemps Staffing Agency, and Proper Topper Boutique shared unique stories of how the Internet has propelled people to their storefronts in Dupont Circle. Local leaders including the Mayor’s office, the DC Chamber, and the small business community also spoke about the positive impact the Internet has had on the local community and how they have harnessed innovative web technologies. The Internet Association filmed the interviews and has packaged them into a video playlist spotlighting the success stories of Internet on Main Street USA.
Beckerman continued, “The Internet isn’t just Silicon Valley; it’s every city, every district, and every state in America. We will continue to go to cities across the country to share more stories like these merchants in Dupont Circle. We believe these stories will help lawmakers and stakeholders understand why we must protect the freedom and innovation of the Internet, one of the greatest engines for economic growth the world has ever known.”