VIDEO: Congressman Fred Upton and The Internet Association Highlight Small Business Success Stories in Kalamazoo
Beckerman: “The Internet is no longer just Silicon Valley; it has a profound impact on local economies from Kalamazoo to St. Joseph and every town in between.”
Washington, D.C. – The Internet Association today released highlights of Representative Fred Upton’s summer tour of Southwest Michigan businesses using the Internet to expand and create jobs. Upton joined The Internet Association and its member companies for a walking tour through downtown Kalamazoo with stops at four businesses, including The Organic Gypsy; Amy Zane: Store & Studio; The Station; and Bell’s Brewery. At each stop, Upton and local leaders saw first-hand how the Internet has helped Kalamazoo small businesses grow, find customers, and expand to new markets.
“The Internet is empowering innovation, investment and job creation along Main Streets across the country,” said Upton, who serves as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Look no further than small businesses in Kalamazoo to see how the Internet is opening up new possibilities for entrepreneurs and consumers alike.”
“Half of all goods and services sold and two thirds of all jobs created nationwide come from small businesses on Main Street, and the Internet enables small businesses to reach customers globally and in their local communities,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of The Internet Association. “The Internet is no longer just Silicon Valley; it has a profound impact on local economies from Kalamazoo to St. Joseph and every town in between.”