Press Releases

SBA’s Small Business Owners of the Year Call for Federal Minimum Wage Hike

Owners named by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Louisiana and Maine’s 2016 Small Business People of the Year call on lawmakers to increase federal minimum wage to at least $12 by 2020

CONTACT: Bob Keener, 617-610-6766, or Erin Musgrave, 530-864-7014,

Washington, D.C., May 4, 2016 —The business owners named by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Louisiana and Maine’s 2016 Small Business People of the Year are calling on lawmakers to increase the federal minimum wage to at least $12 by 2020.

Business Owners Tell Congress Raising the Wage Makes Economic Sense

Business owners from across the country testified before the House Democratic Caucus today about the benefits of raising the federal minimum wage

Washington, DC, April 27, 2016—Today business owners from diverse states and industries testified before Congress about how businesses and the economy will benefit from raising the federal minimum wage.

New York Businesses Voice Support of $15 Minimum Wage Passing Today

​Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, Ben and Jerry’s, Small Business Owners Upstate and Downstate Say Raise Good for Business, Economy
Contact: Bob Keener,, 617-610-6766

NEW YORK, April 1, 2016 – Business leaders across New York are voicing support for the plan passing today to gradually raise the state’s current $9 minimum wage to $15 as good for business and the economy. Two of our nation’s highest cost of living states – New York and California – will be phasing in a $15 minimum wage. The Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 30,000 businesses, Ben and Jerry’s, Spectronics Corporation, Amalgamated Bank, IceStone, Ithacamade and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York were among numerous business organizations and small business owners who provided testimony and advocated in favor of a $15 state minimum wage.

California Business Owners Speak Out in Support of Just-Passed Historic Minimum Wage Bill

For immediate release: March 31, 2016
CONTACT: Erin Musgrave, 530-864-7014,
or Bob Keener, 617-610-6766,

Small business owners across the state are making their voices heard in support of a bill, passed by the California Legislature Thursday, which will gradually increase the Golden State’s minimum wage to $15. Owners of companies of varying sizes are speaking out in favor of a bill they say is a smart business move because it will put more money in their customer’s pockets, increase worker productivity and strengthen the economy.

Businesses Applaud Gov. Wolf’s New Minimum Wage Executive Order and Call for Statewide PA Minimum Wage Increase

Contact: Bob Keener, 617-610-6766,

Harrisburg, PA, March 7, 2016. – Pennsylvania business owners joined Governor Tom Wolf as he signed an Executive Order establishing a minimum wage of $10.15 an hour for state employees under his jurisdiction as well as employees of state government contractors. Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, which has been set at $7.25 an hour since 2009, is lower than most other states, including all six of Pennsylvania’s neighbors.

Business Owners Back New Year Minimum Wage Hikes in 14 States, Call for Federal Raise

Contact: Bob Keener,

Washington, DC, December 23, 2015  – Fourteen states are raising their minimum wage next week with strong support from business owners. Business leaders believe these state 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 economy nationwide.

Business Owners Call for Minimum Wage Raise As Federal Minimum Stuck Below 1950 Labor Day Buying Power

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 2, 2015
CONTACT: Bob Keener,, 617-610-6766

Business owners and executives across America are calling for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 – just $15,080 a year – since 2009. This Labor Day, the federal minimum wage will be worth less than it was on Labor Day 1950 when the minimum wage was $7.43, adjusted for inflation. It will have one-third less buying power than the minimum wage of 1968 ($10.97 in 2015 dollars).

Friday Will Mark 6 Years Since Last Federal Minimum Wage Increase; Business Owners Call for Raise

CONTACT: Bob Keener,, 617-610-6766

WASHINGTON, DC – This Friday, July 24, will mark six years since the federal minimum wage was last increased in 2009. Business leaders say the delay in raising the minimum wage is bad for businesses and our economy as well as for workers.

“Businesses need customers who can afford what they are selling, but today’s minimum wage has less buying power than it had in 1950,” said Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. “We can’t build a strong economy on a weak wage foundation.”

Business Owners Applaud Kansas City Minimum Wage Hike

For Immediate Release: July 16, 2015
Contact Bob Keener, 617-610-6766,

KANSAS CITY, MO – Business leaders applauded today’s action by the Kansas City Council to establish a minimum wage of $8.50 an hour on August 24, 2015 that will be gradually raised to $13 by January 2020, and then adjusted annually for the cost of living. This is especially significant because Kansas City is the first Missouri municipality to pass a citywide minimum wage that is higher than the state level (now just $7.65).

Businesses Set to Benefit from July 1 Minimum Wage Increases

CONTACT: Bob Keener,, 617-610-6766

WASHINGTON, DC – Business owners are welcoming the minimum wage increases effective July 1 in Maryland, Washington, DC and Chicago. They say the increases will boost the consumer spending that drives job creation, and that businesses will benefit from lower employee turnover and increased productivity, product quality and customer satisfaction.

Business Owners Support $12 By 2020 Minimum Wage To Be Introduced Today In Congress

Eileen Fisher, Ben and Jerry’s, Zingerman’s Among First Signers On New Business Petition For Higher Minimum Wage

Contact: Bob Keener,, 617-610-6766
Holly Sklar,, 617-522-2923

Washington DC – Business owners applauded the planned introduction today of new legislation to raise the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck since 2009 at $7.25 an hour – just $15,080 a year for fulltime work. Business for a Fair Minimum Wage is launching a new sign-on statement for business owners and executives supporting a gradual increase to $12 by 2020 to benefit business and the economy.

Business Owners Praise Plan to Raise PA Minimum Wage As Gov. Wolf Set to Announce Budget

For Immediate Release: March 2, 2015
Contact Bob Keener, 617-610-6766,

Harrisburg, PA – Business owners from across the commonwealth today released statements praising Governor Tom Wolf’s goal to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. They have signed, and many others are signing, an online business statement which calls for a phased increase of Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to at least $10.10 per hour. In addition, the business statement calls for annual adjustments so the minimum wage keeps up with the cost of living.

Walmart Should Set Higher Wage Targets

For Immediate Release: February 19, 2015
Contact: Bob Keener,, 617-610-6766

Press statement from Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, about Walmart's announced wage increases:

"It’s important that our nation’s largest private employer is finally beginning to follow many other companies in raising starting pay. But given that the buying power of the 1968 federal minimum wage is nearly $11 adjusted for inflation, Walmart should be setting higher targets than $9 in April 2015 and $10 in 2016.

Business Leaders Join Lt. Gov. Stack at Launch of Campaign to Raise PA Minimum Wage

Online Business Petition Now Collecting Signatures

Harrisburg, February 9, 2015 – Lancaster business owner Charlie Crystle, Co-Founder and CEO of Lancaster Food Company and a member of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, joined Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack, state legislators and community leaders at the launch event for the Raise the Wage campaign. Crystle represented many Pennsylvania business leaders who believe that raising the minimum wage will help businesses and the state economy.