Harlem Businesses Join Letter Urging Governor Cuomo To Protect Access To Digital Tools During Pandemic

More than 200 businesses from Harlem to Hollis, including Harlem Public, have signed a letter sent to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo urging continued support for online tools and digital platforms vital to preserving small business activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Now, more than ever, businesses and the New Yorkers they serve benefit from the stability, scale, and security of these tools.”

“Access to online tools enables websites, analytics, digital ads, online marketplaces, and e-commerce platforms to empower retailers, restaurants, service providers, and New York small businesses of all types,” wrote New York business leaders. “Now, more than ever, businesses and the New Yorkers they serve benefit from the stability, scale, and security of these tools.”

Patch wrote that “the report, Digitally Empowered: How Digital Tools Power Small Businesses Amid COVID-19found that during the COVID crisis 76% of small businesses are relying more on digital tools than before, and 74% of small businesses expect to be back to business as usual within six months of restrictions being lifted. Additionally, nearly one-third of businesses surveyed said that without digital tools they would have had to close all or part of their business during the COVID crisis.”

The Connected Commerce Council also cautioned against ill-timed regulations and legal challenges that could disrupt technology options that have proven critical during the downturn.

“We’re fortunate to have leaders like Governor Cuomo who understand what it takes for New York to compete in the digital economy, but we continue to see misguided anti-tech campaigns that create needless uncertainty for small businesses just working to stay afloat.”

“With storefronts closed across the country, the tools offered by companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon have become vital economic lifelines for countless small business owners and entrepreneurs,” said Connected Commerce Council President Jake Ward. “We’re fortunate to have leaders like Governor Cuomo who understand what it takes for New York to compete in the digital economy, but we continue to see misguided anti-tech campaigns that create needless uncertainty for small businesses just working to stay afloat.”

A copy of the letter and a list of signers here.

The Connected Commerce Council advances the interests, education, and engagement of small businesses powered by digital technology.connectedcouncil.org, 202.769.3003

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