BFMW In the News

Greek Reporter: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks: Managing a Green Giant During the Pandemic

By Tasos Kokkinidis
Greek Reporter, Dec 10, 2020

Greek-American Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, President and CEO of ECOS®, is not just a successful business leader but also an influential and dedicated environmentalist.

In an in-depth interview with Greek Reporter, she explains how her company, which makes the environmentally friendly ECOS Laundry Detergent and other household cleaners, adapted to the coronavirus pandemic by prioritizing the health of its employees and scaling its operations to meet the global need for cleaning products.

Naples Daily News: Florida's Amendment 2

By Laura Layden
Naples Daily News, Nov 19, 2020

... The first wage increase tied to Amendment 2 will come on Sept. 30, 2021, when the minimum pay in Florida will hit $10.00 an hour ...

Some area businesses welcome the minimum wage hike, saying it's long overdue and won't have the dire consequences portrayed by the opposition. ...

CNBC Grow: Joe Biden aims to raise federal minimum wage to $15 an hour: Here’s where things stand now in each state

By Shawn M. Carter
CNBC Grow, Nov 12 2020

The federal minimum wage in the United States has been $7.25 since 2009, and the momentum to increase it has been growing among lawmakers. In 2019, the House of Representatives passed the Raise the Minimum Wage Act, which aims to gradually lift minimum hourly wages from $7.25 to $15 by 2025.

That initiative is popular with Democrats and increasingly so with Republicans as well. When President-elect Joe Biden, who supports the idea, takes office in January, he could have a chance to make it law. ...

Marketplace: Change in the White House means changing plans for some businesses

By Kimberly Adams
Marketplace Morning Report, Nov 9, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States, and change in the White House comes with changes to the business plans of companies large and small. ...

Health care costs are also on the mind of Adam Orman, co-owner of L’Oca d’Oro Restaurant in Austin, Texas. But he’s looking forward to the Biden administration.

“A public option would change the way that we are providing health care for sure,” he said.

The Florida Channel: Capitol Update

The Florida Channel, Capitol Update, Nov 6, 2020

... Voters approved four of the six proposed Constitutional Amendments on the ballot, including one that will gradually increase Florida’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. ...

Destiney Burt reporting on minimum wage includes on site interview with Fadi Dib, Owner of Cali's Beauty Supply in Tallahassee. Also John Morgan.

Minimum Wage segment starts at 12:55:


Tampa Bay Business Journal: Business owners in Tampa Bay have mixed reactions to minimum wage increase in Florida

By Luke Torrance
Tampa Bay Business Journal, Nov 5, 2020

While the country awaits the outcome of the presidential election, Florida business owners are already starting to prepare for an increased minimum wage, which was approved by the state’s voters on Tuesday. ...

Several Tampa Bay small businesses said they thought the wage increase would lead to more spending money that would be invested back into the community.

Washington Post: Florida votes to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

By Eli Rosenberg
Washington Post, Nov 4, 2020

Florida voters approved an amendment Tuesday to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the coming years. ...

Scott Fuhrman, the owner of Lakewood Organic, a juice company in Miami that employs about 100 people, said that he supported the measure, after seeing the change in his workers when he increased hourly wages at his company to $15 a couple of years ago.

Yahoo Money: Election 2020: Florida joins growing list of states moving to $15 minimum wage

By Aarthi Swaminathan
Yahoo Money, Nov 4, 2020

Florida voted on Tuesday to increase its minimum hourly wage to $15, adding fuel to a growing national movement that aims to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour. ...

“We are so excited that Floridians did the right thing, and voted for our economy,” Kristine Ownley and Leigh Anne Balzekas, co-owners of the Tampa-based The Disco Dolls Studio, told Yahoo Finance.