Debate continues about raising the federal minimum wage, and there’s been much talk about its impact on small business. What isn’t debatable is the No. 1 concern for small business owners: consumer demand.

An increase in the minimum wage will help increase consumer demand by putting more money into the pockets of consumers so they can spend locally at small businesses. Plus, a higher wage can boost employee morale and productivity to help businesses’ bottom lines.

That’s why Small Business Majority is using a social media application called Thunderclap to bring together small business owners, advocates and business organizations to show their support for raising the minimum wage. Similar to an online “flash mob,” Thunderclap allows participants everywhere to voice their support for a particular cause at the exact same time on social media.

Here’s how you can get involved: join the campaign and Thunderclap will post a one-time message on your social networks (Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr) on Thursday, April 21 at 2:00pm EDT. Thunderclap will only have permission to post this one message to your news feed, and you can opt out at any time. After that, your work is done; the message will automatically post to participants’ walls and feeds at the same time.

Here’s how you can get involved:

1. Sign up to join our Thunderclap “Small Biz Say Raise the Wage”:

2. Share the link to the Thunderclap with your friends and followers on social media so we can get as many people to join the campaign as possible.

Additional information about using Thunderclap can be found here: We hope you’ll join us in our campaign telling Congress that small businesses say it’s time to raise the minimum wage.

About Small Business Majority

Small Business Majority was founded and is run by small business owners to focus on solving the biggest problems facing small businesses today. Since 2005, we have actively engaged small business owners and policymakers in support of public policy solutions, and have delivered information and resources to entrepreneurs that promote small business growth and drive a strong economy. We regularly engage our network of 45,000 small business owners and more than 2,000 business organizations, along with a formal strategic partnership program of more than 125 business organizations, enabling us to reach more than 500,000 entrepreneurs. Our extensive scientific polling, focus groups and economic research help us educate and inform policymakers, the media and other stakeholders about key issues impacting small businesses and freelancers, including access to capital, taxes, healthcare, retirement, entrepreneurship and workforce development. Learn more about us on our website and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.