Living wage-certified employers earned some well-deserved recognition at the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Gala and Awards Ceremony, held on March, 2019.  Tiffany Barber, owner of Hillsborough Pharmacy & Nutrition, won the 2018 Small Business Person of the Year Award.  She was nominated by peer members of the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce.  Barber says the award came as a surprise when we visited her shortly after she won, but early in our conversation it was obvious how much she cares about her workers and creating a more just economy.  Since she opened the pharmacy, she has prioritized paying her employees a living wage so they can, in her words, “live happy and healthy lives”. She didn’t want her employees to worry about having to take on a second job to have a higher income, and also wanted to avoid some of the unhappiness and high turnover she saw while working for years in a big chain before opening her pharmacy.“I want my employees to be like family,” she said.  “They’re part of the community, and small businesses are all about community.  We have to treat workers appropriately.” We think so too.

Congratulations also to Ronda Tucker, Director of the living wage-certified Burwell School Historic Site in Hillsborough, for winning the 2018 Helping Hand Award.  OCLW’s Certification Coordinator, Rachel Mehalek, was also nominated for the award. Thank you for all you do!