Lauren Sheahan, Former Compact Signer Speaks Out! [Audio]

by Donna Maria on August 10, 2010 · View Comments

My guest on yesterday’s live Indie Business Podcast was Lauren Sheahan, of Lauress, a small cosmetics manufacturing company and Indie Beauty Network member in Green Bay Wisconsin, home state of Rep. Tammy Baldwin, one of the original co-sponsors of the bill. She shared the story of her long interaction with the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics.

Scroll to the bottom of this post to click the play arrow to listen to the show in its entirety, and hear Lauren tell her story in her own words. You can also click here to watch a screencast I recorded after the show walking you through some of the unfair experiences she endured through the years as a Compact signer. I originally planned to have Valerie Reed of Valana Minerals on the show as well, but we got our schedules mixed up. I am hoping to have Valerie on next week’s show.

If you are attending the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics’s call tomorrow to explain the new legislation, feel free free to ask questions based on what Lauren experienced, especially if your experience is similar to hers. Here are some other things you can do:

  1. Please sign the Petition Opposing the bill. (You do not have to sign in to sign the Petition.) The petition is easy to understand, with 7 bullet points quickly describing how this bill would hurt my business without any benefit to you, my customer. As I write this note to you, over [insert number] companies, customers and other interested parties have signed the Petition!
  2. If you are on Twitter, please follow the #OpposeSCA hashtag. This is an easy way to keep up with the latest news and blog posts on the issue. I hope you will comment on some of the posts written by me and my beauty industry colleagues, and even ReTweet us from time to time we advance our interests together.
  3. Vote “Opposed” in the Open Congress poll. This poll is maintained by a non-profit organization, and it housed on a page displaying the image of Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a co-sponsor of the bill. You do have to sign in the vote, but it only takes a second, and our elected officials look at these poll numbers so every poll vote counts!

Question: What do you think of the experiences Lauren shared?

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