Calls for Contributions to Fund Efforts to Better Influence and Participate in the Legislative and Regulatory Process

Phoenix, AZ (August 30, 2011) – Government advocacy, both at the state and federal level, continues to be a core focus of the Professional Beauty Association (PBA). PBA launched its Issue Advocacy Fund to help raise money to strengthen its efforts and to help the association engage in legislative strategies that benefit the professional beauty industry. The Fund will support advocacy and issue campaigns on legislative and regulatory matters, such as the FICA Tip Tax Credit Legislation and the New Hampshire Deregulation bill. Many other industry associations, such as those serving the restaurant and insurance industries, have similar funds. In order to be effective and to have the financial ability to be proactive on issues that can affect our industry, it is important for beauty professionals to get involved.

“Whether you work behind the chair or run a major beauty distributorship, PBA’s government advocacy efforts are working to ensure the beauty industry and your job is represented with elected government officials,” said Myra Irizarry, PBA’s Director of Government Affairs. “The PBA Issue Advocacy Fund is the next step in helping to advocate and advance our industry and we greatly appreciate the many donors that have come forward to help.”

The Fund supports the interests of PBA members, including manufacturers, distributors, salon/spa owners and licensed beauty professionals. The Fund accepts personal and corporate contributions, which PBA collects and administers. Due to the ever-changing legislative and regulatory environment at the state and federal levels, it is critical for the professional beauty industry and PBA to have a financially sound fund to support the issues critical to the short and long-term success of the industry at every level.

To contribute and learn more, please visit www.probeauty.org/advocacy and/or contact Myra Irizarry at myra@probeauty.org or 800.468.2274.