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The Internet Association and Chairman Goodlatte Showcase Internet Jobs on Mainstreet

CONTACT: Betsy Barrett 202.997.3266 /
DATE: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internet on Main Street tour recently stopped in Lynchburg to highlight local entrepreneurs using the Internet in innovative ways to grow their businesses and create jobs. Last week, The Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman was joined by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce, the City of Lynchburg, and the small business community on a business crawl along Main Street. The tour included stops at four unique businesses including: Gladiola Girls boutique, Sam Stroud Photography Studio, Rush Homes Non-profit, and the Lynchburg Fine Arts Academy.

“The digital frontier begins on Main Street,” said Congressman Goodlatte. “The Small Business Crawl was a great opportunity to hear firsthand from small businesses in Lynchburg about how they have utilized the Internet to promote services, expand sales, and grow their businesses. The Internet has a real impact on businesses large and small in both rural and urban communities. A free and innovative Internet can help spur our economy in the Sixth District and nationwide. I will continue working to ensure that the Internet remains free of burdensome regulations and accessible to businesses and consumers in today’s online economy.”

“In every town, the Internet is creating jobs and growing the economy in new and unexpected ways; we want to tell the stories about how the Internet is helping brick and mortar businesses grow, hire new people, and create economic value,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of The Internet Association. “The more we tell these stories, the more policy makers are going to realize that the Internet is the future of our economy and it’s powering non-Internet, non-tech businesses in small communities all over this country.”