Kim & Scott Sit Down with Mayor Daley

Yesterday, Kim and Scott attended an Economic Round Table with Mayor Daley and participated in the press conference that followed.  Chicago’s Mayor is announcing a new incentive to create jobs in the Chicagoland area.  He is proposing to waive the employee “head tax” on businesses, hoping that will inspire companies in the city to hire more employees. There were other ideas discussed that came out of the round table with area business entrepreneurs, invited due to the growth in creating new jobs that new and growing businesses can bring and effect jobs and the economy.  Kim address the press with our story and the importance of acting purposeful.  “We have to watch every dollar that we spend. We’re constantly looking at that, trying to build our revenues, and then hire more people so we can grow our business,” Kim stated. Currently, Chicago businesses pay $4 per employee each month. The mayor’s proposal comes as the Obama administration also seeks to jump-start the job market.  This is of great importance to us as Kim and Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels employees nearly 100 people to hand craft their pretzels.  Not to mention, we’re looking to employee even more Chicagoans with the opening of our newest Twisted Cafe this Spring.  “They’re made with love and they’re hand twisted. You can tell…part of what goes into the decision about whether we automate or use people is the head tax. It’s basically a tax on having people to twist pretzels,” said Scott.  For information on the employee head tax and more on  Kim & Scott’s involvement, click here

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