SBPA is fighting to ensure the payments system keeps working for all of us.

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The electronic payments system provides benefits that are an essential part of day-to-day operations for locally owned, independent businesses and their workers.

$100 Billion

Credit card issuers spend an estimated $100 billion on rewards and partner payments, funding the cash back and points programs small businesses need

Customers spend 5x more when using credit cards vs. cash

5X

$80 Billion

In 2021, our electronic payment system stopped $80 billion in fraud attempts

Maintaining a modern, safe, and secure electronic payments ecosystem

SBPA was formed in the wake of proposed changes to the electronic payments system that will jeopardize credit card access and benefits. Tradespeople, entrepreneurs, and locally-owned, independent businesses alike use credit cards to support their workers, manage their cash flow, cover operating costs, and amass rewards points to re-invest in their businesses. Credit cards also ensure that their customers can make safe, secure, and convenient payments. The current competitive, free market credit card ecosystem provides major benefits to both small businesses and American consumers, and we’re making sure it stays that way.

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SMALL BUSINESS ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS STATUS REPORT

Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. The nation’s 33.3 million small businesses employ 61.6 million Americans – almost 46 percent of the private sector workforce. Small businesses across the country rely on credit cards and rewards to lower operating costs, re-invest in their businesses and employees, manage cash flow, and give customers more choice, security, and convenience in how they pay.

Communities of color would be worse off under proposed credit card policy

Melanated communities in Colorado and across the country have historically and perpetually faced systemic barriers to credit and banking access. Melanated communities are already chronically underbanked, including 27% of Black families and 18% of Hispanic families. And, too often for those who are “banked,” the understanding of how to use these accounts for their benefit while keeping money in interest-bearing accounts and investments is not the norm.

Credit Card Competition Act: ‘Unintended consequences’

The Credit Card Competition Act, imposing routing mandates on credit cards, would shift billions in consumer spending to less secure processing firms that would weaken the nation’s payment system. It will likely lead to even more private consumer information being made available to foreign networks (e.g.; China and Russia).

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Imposing Alternative Payment Networks on Credit Cards Will Likely Hurt Low Income Households and Small Merchants

This research note finds the proposed Credit Card Competition Act (CCCA) will likely generate between $13 billion and $15 billion in transfers to merchants from financial institutions and consumers. However, this distributional analysis finds almost all of those savings will accrue to retailers with $500 million in sales or more—none of which constitute small businesses under the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) definition.

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Protecting Consumers During Holiday Shopping Season

The Holiday Season is in full swing and as consumer spending rises, so too do fraud attempts. According to a 2022 study by AARP, three out of four U.S. adults age 18-plus have been targeted by or experienced at least one form of fraud. Fortunately, more and more consumers and merchants are using credit cards to protect themselves against financial losses.

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SBPA SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY REPORT 2023

Small Business Saturday is an annual shopping event that takes place on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Since 2010, the initiative has encouraged consumers to support local small businesses. The idea draws a stark contrast to Black Friday and Cyber Monday – two other big holiday shopping days that are dominated by mega corporations.

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The True Impact of Interchange Regulation: How Government Price Controls Increase Consumer Costs and Reduce Security

Credit Union National Association and American Association of Credit Union Leagues commissioned this report from Cornerstone Advisors in spring 2023 to examine the evidence of how debit card routing mandates and debit interchange price caps from Senate Amendment 3989 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Durbin Amendment” or “Durbin 1.0”) have impacted credit unions and the larger banking system.

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