Press Releases

Business Leaders Say Senators Hurt Business and Economy By Blocking Minimum Wage Raise Today

CONTACT: Bob Keener,617-610-6766,

WASHINGTON DC, April 30, 2014 – Today, Senators who voted against advancing a bill to raise the minimum wage were not reflecting the views of the American people who polls show strongly support a raise nor the views of businesses large and small across the country that have expressed strong support for an increase.

Ace Hardware Stores Owner Speaks at Capitol Hill Event with Reid, Pelosi, Harkin, Miller

CONTACT: Bob Keener, 617-610-6766,

Representing Many More Businesses Across the Country Who Support Minimum Wage Hike

WASHINGTON DC, April 3, 2014  – Representing a large and growing number of businesses nationwide who support a minimum wage increase, Gina Schaefer, owner of nine Ace Hardware stores in DC and Maryland, spoke at a Capitol Hill event today with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and other members of Congress and national leaders. Yesterday, another member of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, Paul Saginaw, hosted President Obama for lunch at his deli Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor.

Business Owners Applaud Maryland House Passage of Minimum Wage Raise

CONTACT: Bob Keener, 617-610-6766,

Annapolis, March 7, 2014 – Leaders of Maryland businesses and business organizations applaud the House of Delegates for passing a minimum wage raise and encourage the Senate to follow suit. “Raising Maryland’s minimum wage makes good business sense,” more than 175 Maryland businesses and business organizations say in the Maryland Business for a Fair Minimum Wage statement.

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.