BFMW In the News

Columbia Daily Tribune (MO): Measures on November Ballot

By Rudi Keller
Columbia Daily Tribune, Aug 2, 2018

... Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Thursday certified five ballot measures for the Nov. 6 election. ...

The two other initiatives approved Thursday have strong campaigns backing their efforts. Missouri’s minimum wage is currently $7.85 an hour, a level 60 cents higher than the federal minimum thanks to an inflation adjustment included in a 2006 ballot measure. If passed, the minimum would increase to $8.60 on Jan. 1 and go up 85 cents a year until it reaches $12.

Mexico Ledger (MO): Measures on November ballot

By Rudi Keller
Mexico Ledger (MO), Aug 2, 2018

... Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Thursday certified five ballot measures for the Nov. 6 election. The medical marijuana proposals will appear alongside two other measures proposed by petition: Amendment 1, which would strengthen ethics laws and revise how election districts are decided, and Proposition B, which would raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023. ...

Springfield Republican/MassLive: Gov. Charlie Baker will sign minimum wage 'grand bargain'

By Shira Schoenberg
Springfield Republican/MassLive, June 27, 2018

BOSTON -- Gov. Charlie Baker plans to sign a bill on Thursday that will reshape Massachusetts' workplaces, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and instituting a paid family leave program. ...

Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a group of businesses that advocated in favor of the minimum wage increase, called the boost to a $15 an hour wage a "win-win" for businesses. 

Ogilvy: Five Trends Brand Strategists Must Consider

By Dan Brenikov
Ogilvy, May 24, 2018

Last week in New York, PSFK held a conference that brought together influential thinkers in branding, technology, retail, marketing and more to discuss the latest in how these spaces continue to intersect, and how consumer behavior affects all of it. We came out of the conference with some key takeaways, trends that appear to be crucial for those in marketing—particularly brand strategists—to keep top of mind. ...

5. Brands Need A Purpose, And Need To Live It

Forbes: The Best Small Companies of 2018

Forbes Small Giants
Forbes, May 2018

The third annual Small Giants list celebrates 25 standout businesses that favor greatness over growth... The companies are all privately owned, profitable, at least ten years old and were selected based on factors including community involvement, commitment to staff and industry excellence. ...

WWLP-22News: Hundreds of people demand lawmakers to take action on minimum wage increase

By Jennifer Zarate
WWLP-22News, May 8, 2018

A rally held at the State House in Boston drew hundreds of people demanding legislature to take action on paid leave and a $15 minimum wage. ...

In favor of raising minimum wage, Holly Sklar, CEO of Business For a Fair Minimum Wage, said workers are customers, so when there's more money circulating in wages it's going right back into businesses in the form of spending.

QSR Magazine: 3 Restaurant Leaders Weigh In On Minimum Wage Debate

By Nicole Duncan
QSR Magazine, May 2018

When it comes to hot-button issues in the restaurant industry, the question of minimum wage may be the most contested. Some operators have become champions of the cause, citing it not only as a business responsibility, but also as an opportunity to build a stronger company from the ground up. ...

Looking to the future, three limited-service leaders weigh in on how restaurants can adapt to the changes. ...

MICHAEL LASTORIA / Cofounder & CEO, &pizza

Kansas City Star: Activists aim to put slate of progressive initiatives on Missouri voters' ballots

By Allison Kite
Kansas City Star, May 4, 2018

... Minimum wage

A coalition between Raise Up Missouri and the newly launched Missouri Business for a Fair Minimum Wage is arguing a boost to the state's minimum wage would help not just workers, but businesses. ...

The group turned in 120,000 signatures on Wednesday for a ballot measure that would boost Missouri's minimum wage from $7.85 per hour to $12 per hour gradually until 2023. The event marked the official launch for Missouri Business for a Fair Minimum Wage.