Town Hall Featuring FTC Chair Lina Khan Draws Hundreds of Small Businesses

Date: 12 Mar 2024 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Hundreds of independent businesses from across the country tuned into a virtual town hall – Small Businesses vs. Monopoly Power: Our Recent Wins and the Hurdles Ahead – to mark progress and build momentum to rein in monopoly power and level the playing field for small, independent businesses. Featuring Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan, the event provided a deep dive into important antimonopoly actions the agency has taken under Chair Khan’s leaders that directly impact small businesses.

Chair Khan took questions and addressed a range of concerns from independent businesses – from the ways corporate middlemen drive community pharmacists out of the market to the harms that dominant online platforms impose on the small businesses that depend on them and the unfair and illegal pricing practices that harm independent grocers and wholesalers.

The event also showcased small business leaders who are fighting back and seeing results of their advocacy. They underscored the importance of engaging with policymakers and pointed them to ways to get involved.

The recording is available on Twitter/X and YouTube or you can watch below.

TAKE ACTION: Share your story of monopoly power — whether it’s your business or hometown. As you heard from policymakers and advocates at the Town Hall, the real stories of how your business is impacted by monopoly power are essential data for policymakers and regulators to take action.





Chair Lina Khan

Chair—United States Federal Trade Commission

Washington, D.C.



In conversation with

Stacy Mitchell

Co-Executive Director—Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Portland, ME


Additional Speakers

Thomas Barr

VP of Business Development—Local First Arizona

Tempe, AZ


Danny Caine

Board of Directors—American Booksellers Association

Co-Owner—The Raven Book Store

Lawrence, KS


Aaron “AJ” Johnson

CEO—Oasis Fresh Markets

Tulsa, OK


Roger Lowe Jr.

Member—National Grocers Association

VP/CEO—Lowe’s Market

Littlefield, TX


Pooja Paode

Co-Chair—Small Business Rising

Assistant Director—Cambridge Local First

Cambridge, MA


Nicholas Parks


Birmingham, AL


Reggie Rucker

Communications Director—Institute for Local Self-RelianceWashington, D.C.


Lea Wolsoncroft

President—National Community Pharmacists Association

Independent Pharmacy Owner



Hosted by Small Business Rising Coalition Partners:

American Booksellers Association

American Independent Business Alliance

American Specialty Toy Retailing Association

Cambridge Local First

Go Local Asheville

Independent Natural Food Retailers Association

Independent Restaurant Coalition

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Local First Arizona

Local Return

Louisville Independent Business Alliance

Love Live Local

Lowcountry Local First

Main Street Alliance

National Community Pharmacists Association

National Grocers Association

North American Hardware and Paint Association

Provender Alliance

Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

Workplace Solutions Association

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