ROANOKE, Va. -

President Obama will give his State of the Union address tonight.

Among the many big topics he is expected to cover: raising the minimum wage.

It's an issue that's gained more traction in Washington because the gap between the rich and the poor is growing.

Reports suggest President wants the minimum wage to be $10.10 for all workers by 2015.

For employees making less than that now: bring it on.  For the people paying them: slow it down.

"I get minimum wage and it's hard. You don't get enough, you don't make enough to get what you need," said Terry Nichols.

Nichols works for a major food chain; the same ones that have come under fire for turning large profits with low wages.

"Despite what type of job it is, I feel like everybody should get paid at least 8, 9, 10 dollars, something like that," Nichols added.

If the minimum wage was raised for everyone, business owners we spoke to, like Mike Flanary, go as far as saying, "It would be catastrophic. I think business-wise it would be very difficult."

Flanary co-owns two restaurants in downtown Roanoke.  He says being forced to pay his 20 employees ten dollars an hour would force him to make tough decisions.

"I've always used what the market will bear. Obviously I want to pay my employees the highest wage I can while still maintaining quality and service," said Flanary.

Flanary says all of his 20 employees make more than the $7.25 minimum wage right now.

Both he and Heidi Bundy, owner of A Little Bit Hippy in Roanoke, say a blanket raise of the minimum wage hurts small businesses.

"It's not a matter of somebody telling me what I have to pay an employee or what an employee is worth, it's a matter of what I can afford to pay them," said Bundy.

Bundy and Flanary say they'd either have to cut back hours for employees or raise prices; something neither wants to do.

Bundy says she could do all the work in her store herself.  She says she chooses to hire people to help out and be a community store.

There are business owners out there who favor a raise in the minimum wage, making the argument that money paid to employees comes straight back into communities.

Again, this minimum wage increase still has to go through legislative channels and may not even get through Congress, but the President is expected to make that case Tuesday night.