Debriefing: Yesterday’s Capitol Hill Meetings

August 3, 2010 Read More View Comments

In yesterday morning’s post, I told you of my plans to meet in the afternoon with legislative staffers in the offices of Reps. Jan Schakowsky, (D-Il), Ed Markey, (D-Ma) and Tammy Baldwin, (D-Wi), the original co-sponsors of H.R. 5786. I was joined by Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry in Bellingham, Wa, Kayla Fioravanti of Essential [...]

I’m In Washington, DC, For Meetings To Discuss H.R. 5786: Here’s What I Plan To Say

August 2, 2010 Read More View Comments

Last night, I arrived in my hometown of Washington, DC for meetings today with legislative staffers in the offices of Reps. Jan Schakowsky, (D-Il), Ed Markey, (D-Ma) and Tammy Baldwin, (D-Wi), the co-sponsors of H.R. 5786. I am joining Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry in Bellingham, Wa, Kayla Fioravanti of Essential Wholesale in Portland, Or, [...]

Sample Letter No. 3: Email To Your Independent Sales Reps

July 31, 2010 Read More View Comments

The Internet has helped the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics scare people into thinking that cosmetics are unsafe. As a small company, you are hardest hit by this fear mongering, even if you are or at one time were a Compact signer. They are telling an untrue story, all the while saying that they care about [...]

What SCA “Really” Means For Cosmetics Companies, Part I

July 30, 2010 Read More View Comments

The other day, the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics published a statement at their website called, “The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010: What it Means for Cosmetics Companies.” I noticed that they left out quite a few very important requirements that are clearly spelled out in H.R. 5786 — things that all cosmetics companies, including their [...]

Sample Letter No. 2: An Email To Your Customers

July 30, 2010 Read More View Comments

While it’s challenging when a small business must communicate controversial news to their customers, there are times when it becomes critical to do so in order to have the necessary impact on public policy. We must let our customers know about the bill, and how it will adversely affect their ability to buy the products [...]

Sample Letter No. 1: Companies Grossing Less Than $5,000 Annually

July 29, 2010 Read More View Comments

Not everyone comes from the exact same perspective when it comes to SCA, so I am going to take a stab at writing different letter templates that you can cut and paste and send to different people in your life to share opposition to this bill. While anyone can edit this template, it is specifically [...]

Indie Beauty Network Opposes H.R. 5786 Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010

July 29, 2010 Read More View Comments

As the founder and CEO of the Indie Beauty Network, I am confirming that IBN opposes the bill named, “H.R. 5786: The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (SCA or H.R. 5786). If you have not already done so, please read and sign our petition opposing the bill. As of the publication of this post, over [...]

Oppose SCA 2010 On July 26 Indie Business Podcast

July 26, 2010 Read More View Comments

(I apologize if the formatting of this post is a little off. We are still in launch mode. Thank you for your patience.) As you may know, I have hosted and produced the Indie Business Podcast since October 2005, featuring influential experts, authors, entrepreneurs and celebrities who offer tips and insights to help small business [...]