Congress heard us!
February 10, 2009
In 9th grade I rated my Civics class as the most boring class of my high school life, and I couldn’t imagine that I would ever apply it to real life. Little did I know how ignorant I was then, and how thankful I would be later that I have a voice that will be heard by my legislators.
The FDA Globalization Act of 2008, which was a discussion draft in Congress last year, has now become a bill in Congress – the FDA Globalization Act of 2009 – HR 759. If the bill had passed as it was written in the draft form, it would have put us and thousands of other small cosmetic and natural bath and body companies out of business with its excessive registration fees and regulations.
A grass roots efforts to change this bill was started by Donna Maria Coles Johnson of Indie Beauty Network, then joined by other Indie business leaders such as Marie Gale of the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild, Kayla Fioravanti of Essential Wholesale, Anne-Marie Faiola of Bramble Berry, Jamila White of JBlossom, and Lela Barker of Bella Lucce. These ladies visited Washington DC on behalf of Indie beauty businesses, and learned there that Congress had no idea that a micro cosmetics cottage industry even existed. These leaders encouraged all Indie businesses to let their voices be heard by Congress, and to help in changing the draft to preserve our businesses.
OUR VOICES WERE HEARD! The new bill will NOT require us to pay $2000 per year to register our businesses, and does not contain excessive regulations that would hinder our businesses. It is a good feeling to know that all the voices have made a difference, and we can stay in business and continue to live our Indie Dream.
What small steps can make a difference? Here is how we let our voice be heard:
1. Contacted the offices of Senators Coleman and Klobuchar and Representative Bachmann, informing them of our position on the draft and asked for their support for small businesses
2. Signed a petition that Donna Maria Coles Johnson took with her to Washington DC
3. Wrote about the FDA Globalization Act of 2008 in our Newsletters to inform our readers
4. Blogged about the issue to raise public awareness
5. Our local newspaper featured an article, Proposed cosmetic regulations act concerns small beauty industry, about how our business, Good Thymes Bath & Body, could be affected by the FDA Globalization Act. We were front page news!
A million thanks to Donna Maria, Kayla, Marie, Anne-Marie, Jamila, Lela, and all the other Indies, customers and consumers, for uniting together and lending your voice to the effort!
And thanks, Mr. Lund, for teaching 9th grade Civics!