Merchant Advocates

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Small businesses play a critical role in the global economy. They create jobs, strengthen communities and drive economic impact. At PayPal, we have a strong small business empowerment message to share. We prioritize our merchants by providing financial services and tools that help them compete in the globally connected economy. To communicate this message and achieve this goal, we have created the PayPal Small Merchant Advocacy Delegation, a community of small business owners who advocate for the interests of other entrepreneurs on the issues that matter to them as well as PayPal. Check out some of our SMAD members below.

"I wouldn't trade owning my own business for anything. The idea that you can build something that people can use and benefit from is an incredible feeling." 

Abe Gonzalez, Owner & Found of RPC Global,

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Travel | Cultural Immersion

Eduardo Becerra

Eduardo Becerra was born and raised in Cusco, Peru and attended the Andina University of Cusco. Growing up in the region instilled within Eduardo a love of the Peruvian culture, communities, and natural wonders.

Culture | inWhatLanguage

Cody Broderick

inWhatLanguage is a language technology and translation company that offers translation, interpretation and transcription services in over 100 languages for people all over the world.

Knives | Knife Art

Larry Connelley

Larry Connelley launched Knife Art in 1998 with the goal of providing a “best of the best” product line to consumers nationwide. Larry and his entire family are proud, life-long residents of Arkansas, the heartland of knife country.

Clothing | The Hat Pros

Josh Dowden

Josh Dowden is a small business owner, but unlike most small business owners, he has also been serving on active duty in the U.S. Navy for the last 25 years.

Golf | GolfEtail

Marc Ducey

Marc Ducey, owner of, started his career as a U.S. Naval Officer. After his military service, Marc transitioned to a sales career.

Telecom | Bienvenue Wifi

Fabrice Gaumont & Jean-Baptiste Queromes

Jean-Baptiste and Fabrice, both come from backgrounds in engineering and technology. In May of 2014, they started Bienvenue Wifi.

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