Opinion: Small changes in the economy can have big impacts on people’s lives


Islas is the executive vice president at MAAC and lives in San Diego.

A few weeks ago, one of the small business owners my nonprofit — MAAC, formerly known as the Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee — contracts with reached out to request a slight increase in the fees she charges. As one of 19 individuals who partner with MAAC and operate a child care business out of their homes, the increase she spoke of was not intended just for herself. She hoped it would apply to all her counterparts.

The request was far from exorbitant. However, multiplied by 19, it could balloon very quickly. At a time when businesses are still recuperating from the economic fallout of the pandemic, compensation increases are not at the top of most people’s lists. Resources are tight for everyone, regardless of whether they are for-profit or nonprofit.

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