Intrigued by a road-side sign saying that “Gov’t Didn’t Build This Nation, Honest People Did,” U.S. Senator Scott P. Brown (R) of Massachusetts made a campaign stop to tour PBA Member Essential Salon Products (ESP) in Westborough, Mass. Welcomed by PBA Board Member and Government Affairs Advocate Renee Shakour, ESP Executive Vice President, Sen. Brown spent the day learning about the position of the beauty industry in our economy and the need for tax fairness for salon owners.

During the visit, Sen. Brown toured the Holliston-based distributor’s secondary warehouse and education facility while meeting with staff, customers and local media to speak about the successes and challenges that businesses face in today’s economy. Jon Shakour, along with Renee, shared ESP’s history and how the family-owned and operated business has grown despite many changes over the years. Renee spoke about the much needed small business tax credit that the salon industry has been working on in Congress, the Small Business Tax Equalization and Compliance Act (S974/HR1957).

As a member of PBA’s Government Affairs Committee, Renee is passionate about working together with members of Congress, such as Sen. Scott Brown, to advocate for fair small business legislation. Sen. Brown was pleased to see the inner workings of Essential Salon Products and was very interested in learning more about the professional beauty industry.

“It was a very exciting and interesting experience, we enjoyed sharing information about our business, and how the Small Business Tax Equalization and Compliance Act will make a positive impact in our industry,” Renee said.

The tour ended with a better understanding of how Congress and small businesses can work together, and how the professional beauty industry makes a tremendous impact on our U.S. economy.

To learn more about fair tax legislation and how PBA’s Government Affairs Team is advocating on behalf of the industry, visit