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Better Access to Broadband & Caregiving Will Empower Small Business

Dec 15, 2021

by Josh Silverman handmade and vintage goods

Today, I met with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo alongside leaders of like minded organizations and small business owners, including an Etsy seller, to share insights on how access to broadband and caregiving can empower microbusiness and the self-employed to fully participate in commerce and the digital economy.  

While Etsy helps eliminate many of the barriers to entry to e-commerce for creative entrepreneurs, access to reliable broadband connectivity is vital to run their shops. One in four Etsy sellers live in rural communities, many without adequate broadband. Imagine the growth of the creative economy if everyone in the country had high speed internet access.  We are excited about what enhanced access to broadband will do for America’s entrepreneurs and applaud the $65 billion this Administration has dedicated for broadband access.

I also spoke of the need for enhanced caregiving, including paid leave, affordable childcare and expanded tax credits for small businesses. Earlier this year I shared my thoughts on these issues in a meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris, and sent a letter to Congressional leaders offering Etsy’s support to federal efforts to promote the financial security of families. We believe these caregiving proposals offer smart solutions for supporting a critical and growing section of the workforce: microbusinesses and the self-employed. 

Etsy serves as an on-ramp to entrepreneurship, empowering millions of artists, makers and designers to build creative businesses. We look forward to continuing to work with policymakers to promote public policies that enable small businesses, especially those run by women to thrive.