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Beauty Industry Working Group

The Beauty Industry Working Group is a united industry voice that supports the licensing of the cosmetology industry and focuses on standards relating to licensing, education, testing, health and public safety in the professional beauty industry. click here to learn more. is your source for information on cosmetics and personal care products-how they work, their safety, and the science behind their ingredients. Maintained by expert scientists, is a trusted site visited by millions each year. The Personal Care Products Council (the Council) and its member companies sponsor this Web site to provide consumers with easily accessible safety information about cosmetics and personal care products and to help educate the public. This Web site contains information about the safety, testing, and regulation of cosmetics and personal care products and their ingredients. The site is divided into two primary sections; safety information pages and an ingredient database.

Visit the site at

Government Affairs Committee

GA Committee Members

PBA Staff Liaison: Myra Y. Irizarry, PBA Director of Government Affairs


Daired Ogle
Daireds Salon and Spa Pangea
Arlington, TX

Vice Chair

Oliver Steinnagel
Oliver's Hair Salon
Overland Park, KS

Serena Chreky
Andre Chreky the Salon Spa
Washington, D.C.

Joseph Kendy, Jr.
Kendy Law, LLC
New York, NY

Renee Shakour
Interiors by RG Shakour
Westboro, MA

Holly Vaught
K.Charles & Co.
San Antonio, TX

Frank Zona
Boston, MA

Kimberly Johnson
Aveda Institute Portland/Dosha Salon Spa
Portland, OR

Kollan Kolthoff
Independent Stylist
Coralville, IA

Edwin Neill
Neill Corporation
Hammond, LA

Healthcare Resources

2015 Affordable Care Act Update – Small Businesses

2015 Affordable Care Act Update – Midsize & Large Businesses

  • Official Site of Affordable Care Act

    Enroll now for 2016 coverage. See health coverage choices, ways to save today, how law affects you.

  • NFIB’s Healthcare Reform Resource Center

    The new healthcare legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, has left many small business owners wondering: What does this mean for my business and what do I have to do next? NFIB has answers.

  • U.S. Small Business Administration – Small Business Healthcare

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act or ACA) enacted comprehensive health insurance reforms designed to ensure Americans have access to quality, affordable health care.

  • PBA Healthcare Marketplace

    The Insurance Marketplace offers "one-stop shopping" for all PBA members to browse and purchase insurance packages that fit their needs through our preferred providers. The Insurance Marketplace providers offer education and affordable prices on top quality plans. Please visit to take advantage of this program.
Nail Manufacturers Council on Safety Publications

The Nail Manufacturers Council on Safety (NMC), a subset of the Professional Beauty Association's manufacturer section, is made up of companies that produce nail care products. The NMC seeks to educate nail industry professionals and consumers about issues affecting nail care products and services.

For more information, please contact NMC Co-chairs Doug Schoon, at or Eric Schwartz, OPI Products Inc. at

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Voter Resources

Taking part in the democratic process is a privilege and your chance to make your voice heard. Find out more about voting in your state.

It’s important that candidates running for office in your state know the importance of continuing occupational licensing of the beauty industry. Stay up to date on occupational licensing in the beauty industry and where candidates stand on the issue. Click here to learn more!