Thursday, April 17
10am – 12 noon
The Internet Association visited the Johnson Street Business District in Hollywood, Florida to highlight small business owners using the Internet to create jobs and expand their brick-and-mortar stores. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober, area commissioners, and the South Florida small business community joined Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of The Internet Association, on the Internet crawl through the Johnson Street Business District. The tour included stops at Presence Community Acupuncture, Hispanic Unity of Florida, and Gino’s Italian Market.
“I thank the Internet Association for hosting this small business crawl in Hollywood in Florida’s 23rd District,” said Rep. Wasserman Schultz. “We had an informative and fun crawl as we heard directly from a diverse group of small business owners who have harnessed the power of the Internet to expand and improve their businesses. With small businesses being the backbone of our South Florida economy, it is clear that increased access to and usage of the Internet will benefit businesses and consumers alike.”
“In every town, on every street, in every business, the Internet is creating jobs and growing the economy in innovative ways,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of The Internet Association. “Lawmakers must understand that the Internet directly and indirectly impacts every sector of the economy. They need to hear and see how the Internet is helping brick and mortar businesses grow, hire new people, and create value in their home states and districts. The more stories we tell, the more policy makers will realize that the Internet is the future of our economy, and it is powering non-Internet, non-tech businesses in communities nationwide.”