Cape Gazette: Ryan Peters: $15 minimum wage makes good business sense

Op-Ed By Ryan Peters
Cape Gazette, June 17, 2021

There’s a big item left on the agenda of our state representatives - raising the minimum wage. As a small business owner, I’m all for it.

My wife, Amanda, and I founded RISE Fitness and Adventure in 2013. We had a modest initial facility but a big vision to foster fitness and community. Now, we’re the largest fitness facility in the area, with a beautiful, state-of-the-art 24,000-square-foot space that reflects not just our vision but the dedication of our employees.

We rely on staff who are supportive and friendly, enjoy their work, and take excellent care of our customers. We want people to walk through our door and feel welcome. And we want our employees to feel pride in building not just a better business, but a healthier community.

We have always paid above the minimum wage because we know that fair pay matters a lot in the success of our business and the lives of our employees. I grew up with a single mother who worked hard at multiple jobs and still struggled to make ends meet.

We don’t want our employees to have that same struggle. We don’t want anyone’s employees to have that same struggle. ...

Ryan Peters is the co-owner and company director of RISE Fitness + Adventure in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

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