As one of Capitol Hill's most popular learning events, a pop-up salon featuring complimentary haircuts and mini-manicures is created and staffed by more than 100 professional volunteers. More than 500 members of Congress and their staffs came and learned about the professional beauty industry's key issues, including access to cosmetology education and financial aid, consumer protection, equitable taxation and small business support. Several members of Congress attended the event, including Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA).
"Our members literally 'touch' more than half of the U.S. voters at least once every year. No other industry has such an extended reach. We will continue to reach out to Congress throughout the year about our key issues, including equitable taxation, access to cosmetology education, consumer protection, fairness in financial aid for our students and small business support," said Eric Schwartz, COO of OPI Products and President of the Professional Beauty Federation.
The professional beauty industry is an exciting and growing part of the U.S. economy. Industry professionals have a range of professional opportunities, including working as a stylist, owning a salon, and manufacturing their own product lines. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 1,069,310 salon establishments in the U.S. Salon service revenues equal $75.38 billion dollars. A majority of U.S. salon industry businesses are owned by women; 54 percent of employment-based salons and spas, which is three times higher than women's business ownership rate (18 percent) for the economy as a whole.
To learn more about PBA government advocacy efforts on the state and local level as well as how to participate in grassroots efforts and/or future Lobby Day events, visit www.probeauty.org/advocacy.