The proprietor of Tutta Bella, which has now served pizzas to 2 presidents, hopes that the brand new administration prioritizes small enterprise.
SEATTLE — Native enterprise house owners hope President Joe Biden will take discover of their latest struggles and assist small companies through the pandemic.
“Small companies are the spine of our economic system and I really feel like we have to guarantee that our flesh pressers and management in Washington D.C. understands that,” stated Joe Fugere, the proprietor of Tutta Bella Pizzeria.
Fugere’s Tutta Bella has had the uncommon expertise of serving pizza to 2 U.S. presidents.
“By no means did I feel I’d have the chance to serve two presidents pizza,” he stated.
In 2012, Fugere and his workforce delivered pizzas to Air Power One when President Barack Obama was visiting the world. 4 years later, then-Vice President Biden loved some Tutta Bella pizza.
”When Joe Biden visited, the pizzas had been so well-liked they completed them within the motorcade,” stated Fugere.
Although enthusiastic about his enterprise’ presidential pizza, he’s looking forward to see what a Biden Administration will imply for his small enterprise and others.
Fugere says it thinks it might be useful for President Biden to arrange a small enterprise job power, which might carry enterprise house owners, to the desk when main insurance policies are being created.
Biden has already stated he plans to ask Congress to spice up the federal minimal wage to $15. Critics of the thought say a federal enhance could possibly be one other blow for the restaurant trade.
Seattle’s minimal wage, $16.69 an hour for many staff, is already larger than that.
“Each time the minimal wage goes up even a dime it impacts the profitability of a restaurant so we simply need to be higher at what we do and ensure we’re environment friendly in our employment practices and it’s difficult,” Fugere stated.
As his enterprise continues to make pivots to outlive, Fugere says he’s optimistic.
“I’m hopeful that this administration will put small enterprise on the prime of the record for what wants assist and the economic system,” Fugere stated.