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July 25th, 2009
02:12 PM ET

Praying to make payroll

The minimum wage increase may seem like no big deal but for the owner of a small pizza parlor it's making a huge impact. Watch Kyra's interview with business owner Terry Odom and her daughter Kimberly.

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  1. michael armstrong sr.

    Its a pizza joint. open a bar and increase your income. beer and pizza go hand and hand. you can thank me later.

    July 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  2. Peggy Duncan

    Here are some ideas for you to wiggle out of this tight position:

    Use social media and email campaigns to get the word out. Create a Twitter account and tweet specials that only your followers get. Do the same with email campaigns to your regular customers. This is all free and you'll get other people to promote your business.

    Look at all of your processes and streamline so you can do everything faster. For example, how do you order food you need for the business? If you're spending 2 hours on the phone every day to suppliers, create a checklist that's the equivalent of a grocery list and include a space for quantity, weight, etc. Now just check off what you need and fax to the vendor. You now have almost 2 hours to do something else with.

    Try getting together with other similar businesses and do some joint marketing...crazy promotions (advertising being the last resort).

    You could probably pay your absolutely BEST employees more than minimum wage and let the slackers go. Pay more and the best employees will work even harder.

    These are just some examples. Hope this helps.

    July 25, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  3. Larry

    If people can't afford to pay employees $7.25/hour maybe the owners of the businesses need to learn how to work 18 hour days. Maybe they're in the wrong business.

    $7.25/hour isn't even a livable wage, and in this economy people are trying to raise families on it.

    July 25, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  4. Don Kershaw

    Lets keep the poor folks poor.... People like the owner of this pizzeria are greedy. Is it really that much to pay a worker $7.25 an hour? Are you kidding me!?!?Like another poster said how about you try other promotion avenues that don't cost money. If you don't think your minimum wage workers are worth the money then fire them and replace them with workers who earn every penny by hard work!

    July 30, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  5. Patty Coll

    All small business are struggling now is not the time to give there workers more money. small business is doing everything just to keep there workers in a job CNN need to talk more about the banks that are not helping the small business owner in the US. small business is in need of help they are getting little to no help it is hard to keep the doors open.

    August 2, 2009 at 11:45 am |

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