The White House presented their Champions of Change award to Main Street Alliance of Washington leader, Molly Moon Neitzel.
Molly owns Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream with seven locations throughout Seattle. She employs as many as 140 people during the summer months and has made paying fair wages a priority since writing her initial business plan. Better than just paying her employees well, she believes that all jobs should be living wage jobs and has been on the front lines in the campaigns to raise the wage.
Her work with the Main Street Alliance began in 2008 with her commitment to passing the Affordable Care Act and bringing affordable health options to the shops and restaurants on Main Street. Upon the passage of the ACA, Molly found her voice and has since advocated for commonsense workplace standards like paid sick days, paid family leave, and living wages.
This is Molly’s second trip to D.C. this month, having participated in the White House United State of Women Summit last week.
Molly lives her values and sets an example for fellow small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs that you can not only turn a profit despite paying fair wages, but you can turn a profit because of it.
Her message to business owners weary of rising wages is simple:
“Small business owners should be as aware of the benefits of raising the minimum wage as they are the challenges. Short-term increases in costs will balance out as customers begin to see a boost in their expendable incomes. Efforts to raise the minimum wage will ultimately strengthen your local economy and put more money in the hands of your customers and employees―your most valued assets,” says Molly Moon Neitzel, owner of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream in Seattle and founding member of the Main Street Alliance of Washington.