The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and the Professional Beauty Federation (PBF)returned to Washington D.C. on May 8, 2013 along with industry volunteers from across the country for Lobby Day followed by Welcome to Our World 2013. The annual visit to Capitol Hill brings together beauty professionals from across the industry who volunteer their time to speak with members of Congress and their staffs about the issues affecting our industry and how they can help promote growth for salons / spas and licensed professionals followed by an evening of complimentary beauty services.
Paoloa Hinton, Owner Five Senses Salon & Spa & Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) Lobby Day 2013
Six teams of approximately five to seven beauty professionals met with more than 40 congressional offices, including the offices of Senators Joe Donnelly, Dan Coats, Roy Blunt, Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, Pat Toomey, Bob Case, Saxby Chambliss, Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Barbara Boxer, Pat Roberts, Jerry Moran, Susan Collins, William Cowan, Angus King, Elizabeth Warren, as well as Representatives Todd Young, Sander Levin, Jackie Walorski, Tom Reed, Dina Titus, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Mike Quigley, Tom Price, Allyson Schwartz, Charlie Dent, Joe Barton, Xavier Becerra, Linda Sanchez, Lynn Jenkins, Ed Markey, and Chellie Pingree.
While the state of the industry as a whole was discussed, lobby teams also advocated for the Small Business Tax Equalization & Compliance Act, which is currently in the final stages of being reintroduced as part of the legislative process. The Bill would give salon owners a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on the FICA taxes they currently pay on their employees' tip earnings. This is a tax provision the restaurant industry has enjoyed for nearly 15 years and the salon industry should as well. If passed, the legislation would allow salon owners to invest back into their businesses and employees in the form of expansion, redevelopment, more education and employee benefits.
Organized by the Professional Beauty Federation (PBF), which is comprised of the Professional Beauty Association (PBA), American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS), International Salon/Spa Business Network (ISBN), jcpenney Salon, OPI, International Spa Association (ISPA) and Sexy Hair, the annual Welcome To Our World Event (WTOW) was once again a huge success.
Rep. Duncan Hunder at WTOW 2013 with Zona Salon Stylist
Welcome To Our World 2013. Organized by PBF on Capitol Hill.