1. Sunday, February 24, 2013

    It’s hard to survive

     Advocates for raising the minimum wage say increases affect more than those at the very bottom of the wage scale, as employees just above the federal limits usually enjoy a resulting pay bump. But it’s exactly this kind of pressure on employers that worries advocates for area businesses.

    Ron Clapper, chief executive officer of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, said he’s concerned that a new increase would come at a time when area businesses, which have not yet fully recovered from the recession, are worried about possible federal budget cuts tied to the looming sequestration.

    Clapper added that the 2007 law that resulted in the last minimum wage increase (which boosted the rate in three steps from $5.15 in 2007 to $7.25 in 2009) also included tax credits to help businesses cope with the extra expense.

    “I’ve not heard anything about offsets or credits for businesses this time,” he added. “Without those credits and offsets, I’m not sure how those small and mid-sized businesses can absorb it.”

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  2. Friday, February 22, 2013

    Prince William Position on County Funds, Sequestration Differs

     As Prince William County residents and officials brace for looming federal budget cuts set to take effect March 1, the county’s position on whether local dollars should replace federal ones for government programs stands in contrast to other regional jurisdictions

    Most of the county’s 282 federal contractors are small firms, said Rob Clapper, president and CEO of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. Those firms have especially begun to feel the effect of the looming cuts as agencies began to delay spending in recent months.


  3. Friday, December 7, 2012

    Job numbers up: U.S. economy adds 146,000 jobs in November

     The U.S. economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures.  The Labor Department's report on Friday offered a mixed picture for the economy.

  4. Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    Coming Soon: Master Plan for NoVa North-South Corridor

    A major north-south highway in Northern Virginia took a step closer to reality today when the Commonwealth Transportation Board voted to develop a master plan for a “corridor of statewide significance” that would cut through Prince William, Fairfax and Loudoun counties.  The Prince William Chamber took part in a coalition of local government and business leaders that helped to secure the initial CoSS designation. 

  5. Friday, July 29, 2011

    2011 40 Under 40

    The Washington Business Journal is pleased to announce 2011's 40 Under 40 awards program to recognize the Washington region's brightest young business leaders based on demonstrated business success over the past 12 to 18 months.