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The Worries And Hopes Of Small Business In Missouri And Kansas

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National Federation of Independent Business
A survey of NFIB members in November 2020 reported "a historically high level of job openings."

Small businesses are looking for quality workers, but one in five may be closing their doors for good.

Across the country four million small businesses didn't make it through 2020. For those Kansas and Missouri companies that did survive the question now is: How much relief will Congress authorize and how quickly can they get it? For workers, will they see a rise in the minimum wage once employers are back on their feet?

  • Brad Jones, Missouri state director for the National Federation of Independent Business
  • Dan Murray, Kansas state director for the National Federation of Independent Business

The U.S. Department of Labor offers additional information on minimum wage workers and the effects of raising the minimum wage on employment and family income.

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