Press Releases

Businesses Large and Small Agree State of the Union Will Be Stronger With Minimum Wage Raise; Today’s minimum wage has same buying power as 1950; Executive Order setting $10.10 minimum wage for new federal contractors sets good example

Contact: Bob Keener,, 617-610-6766

Washington DC – From big brands like Costco, Dansko footwear, New Belgium Brewing and EILEEN FISHER to small businesses around the nation, business leaders say President Obama is right to call for raising the minimum wage in his State of the Union address.

EILEEN FISHER, New Belgium Brewing, UncommonGoods, Zingerman’s, Ace Hardware stores owner and Other Business Leaders Meet with U.S. Secretary of Labor on Increasing the Minimum Wage

Strong Business Support For Minimum Wage Hike in Advance of State of the Union

Contact: Bob Keener,, 617-610-6766

Washington DC – Business owners from across the country and a wide spectrum of industries met today with US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to discuss the need for an increased minimum wage. Business leaders from EILEEN FISHER, New Belgium Brewing (CO), Zingerman’s (MI), Ace Hardware stores (DC and MD), InterMedia Partners (NY) and 16 other companies and business organizations participated in the roundtable. The President has signaled that he will feature his support for increasing the minimum wage in his State of the Union address on January 28, and business leaders say it's time for Congress to act.

Small Business Owners Support MA Minimum Wage Increase

For Immediate Release: November 19, 2013
Contact: Bob Keener,, 617-610-6766

BOSTON – Business owners support Senate legislation to raise the Massachusetts minimum wage for the first time since 2008. They believe that gradually increasing the minimum wage from its current $8 per hour to $11 by 2016 and then adjusting it annually for inflation, would be good for business and the economy.

Business Owners Available to Comment on July 24 Anniversary of Last Federal Minimum Wage Increase and Why a Raise is Good for Business

Contact: Bob Keener, 617-610-6766,

Washington, DC – This Wednesday, July 24, will mark four years without an increase in the federal minimum wage since it was set at $7.25 an hour in 2009. Business for a Fair Minimum Wage supported the last increase in the minimum wage and believes another makes good business sense. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 would gradually raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over three years and then provide annual adjustments for inflation. If the minimum wage had kept pace with the cost of living since reaching its highest value in 1968, it would be an inflation-adjusted $10.74 today.

Large Majority Of Small Businesses Favor Minimum Wage Increase In New National Poll

Employers Across Political Spectrum Say Raise Would Boost Business and Help Economy

Contact: Bob Keener, 617-610-6766,

April 24, 2013, Washington, DC – In contrast to their conventional portrayal, small business owners overwhelmingly favor increasing the federal minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour, according to a scientific national poll released today. The minimum wage was last increased in 2009.

New York State Business Leaders Back Minimum Wage Increase

Launch sign-on letter calling for at least $8.75, then indexed to inflation

For Immediate Release: February 7, 2013
Contact: Bob Keener 617-610-6766

NEW YORK— Business leaders across New York Thursday called on lawmakers to raise the minimum wage to at least $8.75 and then adjust it annually for the cost of living. The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, ABC Home and Capital District Local First were among the businesses and business organizations that announced their support for the minimum wage hike, contending it will benefit businesses, workers and the state economy.