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 homeowners hope President Joe Biden will take discover of their current struggles and assist small companies throughout the pandemic.
“Small companies are the spine of our financial system and I really feel like we have to ensure that our legislators 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 believe I’d have the chance to serve two presidents pizza,” he stated.
In 2012, Fugere and his group delivered pizzas to Air Drive One when President Barack Obama was visiting the realm. 4 years later, then-Vice President Biden loved some Tutta Bella pizza.
”When Joe Biden visited, the pizzas had been so widespread they completed them within the motorcade,” stated Fugere.
Although enthusiastic about his enterprise’ presidential pizza, he’s waiting for see what a Biden Administration will imply for his small enterprise and others.
Fugere says it thinks it will be useful for President Biden to arrange a small enterprise activity pressure, which might carry enterprise homeowners, 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 improve could possibly be one other blow for the restaurant trade.
Seattle’s minimal wage, $16.69 an hour for many employees, is already increased than that.
“Each time the minimal wage goes up even a dime it impacts the profitability of a restaurant so we simply must 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 listing for what wants assist and the financial system,” Fugere stated.