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Washington Post: Small business owners: Here’s what we want most from Washington in 2015

By J.D. Harrison
Washington Post, January 2, 2015

... On Small Business asked entrepreneurs and small employers from around the country to share with us the one headline they would most like to see coming out of the nation’s capital this year, be it from Congress, the White House, the Small Business Administration, or any other corner of Washington. Here’s what they had to say. ...

Paul Saginaw, co-owner and founding partner at Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, which runs a delicatessen, restaurant, creamery, and several other ventures in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Headline: Congress amends constitution...

Hospitality Leader: Minimum Wage Increases In 21 States Will Have Impact On Restaurants

By Christine Kern
Hospitality Leader, Jan 2, 2015

Will wage hike have a detrimental effect on restaurant owners?

The minimum wage is set to get a boost in 21 states during 2015, in large part due to the national movement to boost the earnings of low-paid workers, according to CNBC News. ...

But while many restaurant owners worry about how they will cover the added expenses driven by the wage hikes, not all are opposed to the change.

One restaurant owner has written in favor of the minimum wage hike. In a blog post...

KRWG (NPR): In Depth: Las Cruces Minimum Wage Increases To $8.40

KRWG TV/FM, NPR Public Media for Southwestern New Mexico and Far West Texas, Jan 1, 2015

Las Cruces starts the new year with a new minimum wage.  The wage increases by 90 cents today...going from the state-mandated $7.50 an hour to $8.40.  It’s the first of three planned increases, which should result in a $10.10 minimum wage in 2019. ...

In a column that appeared this week in the Las Cruces Sun News and in newspapers nationwide, Chris Sommers wrote about his experience increasing his lowest paid employees to $10.10 an hour last spring.  The...

CNBC: Gearing up for a bigger minimum wage fight

By Kate Rogers
CNBC, Dec 31, 2014

Hourly wage workers around the country are cheering hikes in their pay this new year, with 21 states raising the wage in 2015 after moves by state legislatures and voter approval during midterm elections. Some of the pay increases in the new year also reflect annual cost of living increases by individual states. ...

More action on wage increases is expected in states and cities, and the new Congress will likely take up the issue in 2015, says Holly Sklar, chief executive of Business for a Fair Minimum...

St. Louis Public Radio: Minimum Wage Goes Up In Missouri. But Is It Too Much Or Not Enough?

By Maria Altman
St. Louis Public Radio, Dec 30, 2014

Missouri’s minimum wage will go up 15 cents as of New Year’s Day.

The increase from the current $7.50 to $7.65 is the result of a 2006 ballot referendum tying the state’s minimum wage to the Midwest Consumer Price Index. It’s the second 15 cent increase in as many years.

The Missouri Retailers Association lobbied against the initiative eight years ago. ...

Yet some business owners see a minimum wage hike as good for their businesses and good for the economy. Lew Prince, the co-owner...

American Forum: Chris Sommers: Boost Business By Raising Minimum Wage

Op-Ed By Chris Sommers, Co-Owner of Pi Pizzerias
St. Louis Post Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, Albany Times Union, San Antonio Express News, more

As a restaurant owner operating in four states and looking to expand, I’m happy to see the minimum wage going up in 21 states to kick off the new year. I’d like to see the federal minimum wage increase as well to benefit business and our economy nationwide. ...

St. Louis Business Journal: Year in Review: Pizza, beer business is bustling

By Kelly Moffitt
St. Louis Business Journal, Dec 26, 2014

St. Louis has some burning questions, not the least of which being "Provel or no Provel?" This year, Business Journal readers attempted to answer this question once and for all as well determine the best pizza and craft beer in St. Louis. For the record, 61 percent of readers said they'd choose Provel over no Provel. And with more than 10,000 votes, the title of best pizza in St. Louis went to Pi Pizzeria and that of best beer went to Griesedieck Brothers. ... Pi...

CNBC: Are shoppers really socially responsible?

By Sabrina Korber    
Dec 24, 2014

In the final hours to fulfill your holiday gift lists you might think consumers aren't focused on being socially responsible in their shopping, but you'd be wrong. Consumers say they're increasingly searching for ways to shop—and give—that reflect their values, whether that means buying local, seeking out products with sustainable packaging or donating to a good cause.

While many say consumers are just paying lip service to good intentions, 55 percent of consumers surveyed across the globe say they will pay extra for products and services from companies...

Bloomberg BNA: States and Cities Take Initiative in 2014 to Enact Minimum Wage Hikes

By Vladislav Kachka
Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, December 23, 2014

Minimum wage roundup citing Business for a Fair Minimum Wage CEO Holly Sklar, hardware store owner Gina Schaefer and South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce CEO Frank Knapp.

Lack of action by federal lawmakers on increasing the minimum wage is causing state legislatures and even some city councils to tackle the issues. Ballot initiatives are being used to effect change in states and cities where elected officials have not embraced the issue. ...

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Bake Magazine: 21 states to raise minimum wage

Bake Mag, Dec. 23, 2014

When the new year begins, 21 states will have minimum wage increases with strong support from business owners. These include 12 states that enacted increases through legislation and ballot measures and 9 states that adjust their minimum wage annually to keep up with the cost of living. Business owners believe these state minimum wage increases make good business sense and would also like to see Congress raise the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009, to benefit the U.S. economy nationwide. ...

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