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PBFC Guides Employers to New Federal $$$

Posted July 15, 2021, under Advocacy, Hot Topics, PPP

Beauty Federation Announces New Service to Help Salons and Beauty Owners with New Government Tax Credit Opportunity

Up to $33,000 Per Employee If You Qualify!

July 15, 2021 — Sacramento, CA — The Professional Beauty Federation of California is pleased to announce the launch of a turn-key, full services platform to assist salon, barber and spa employers in filing for the Employment Retention Tax Credit (ERC).  This federal relief credit can be applied retroactively to 2020 and for each of the ongoing quarters of 2021, so this is an incredible opportunity for needed assistance to our industry employers.

This credit was established to assist businesses negatively impacted by government Covid orders, which of course applies to all of our shops and salons throughout 2020 and into 2021.  Depending on a number of factors (including use of other federal relief grants and forgiven PPP loans), employers may qualify for tax credits of up to $33,000 per employee by the end of this year.  Yes, you read that correctly: up to $33,000 for each of your salon/shop employees!

The Professional Beauty Federation, in partnership with Adesso Capital, has now established a portal,, and a team of tax CPAs, experienced in filing ERCs, to assist employer-based salons, barbershops and spas to qualify for and access this federal relief program.  Industry employers can access these experts by calling the new Federation ERC Support Line at 888-600-7380.

Fred Jones, PBFC Legal Counsel and Advocate, stated, “we were surprised to learn that most barbering and beauty establishment owners, including even chain franchisees, either haven’t been informed or have been misinformed about this unprecedented ‘pot of gold.’  Our team of tax experts will ensure that our members get the relief they deserve after a very difficult year. Once again, the Professional Beauty Federation is stepping up to protect and promote our beloved industry.”

In addition, the Federation, in partnership with Adesso Capital, continues to inform and guide beauty professionals who received PPP payments in getting their loans fully forgiven.  We are sharing answers to the most common questions about PPP forgiveness to help industry professionals understand how this part of the program works.

A salient point to forgiveness includes spending at least 60% of the PPP relief funds on payroll, inclusive of benefits and taxes (e.g., did you pay yourself back for lost wages?). The balance can be spent on business rent or mortgage interest, utilities, PPE (masks, sanitary spray/wipes, etc.) and general supplies like hair and beauty products for client services. Independent professionals (booth/suite renters and sole proprietors) can also claim the automatic owner compensation replacement, equal to 2.5 months of 2019 or 2020 net profit, so their calculations are incredibly simple — as are the forgiveness applications that must be processed through the lender that submitted your original PPP application.

Damon Maletta, founder and CEO of Adesso Capital added, “We will not abandon any of those shop owners, independent hairstylists, estheticians, nail techs and other personal care professionals who received PPP.  Adesso and the Professional Beauty Federation will do everything we can to lead them to final forgiveness to ensure PPP doesn’t become a debt burden, even as we begin assisting salon employers qualify for this new ERC relief.”

The Beauty Federation has set up a website with useful PPP Forgiveness information at  They have also set up a direct email and toll-free number to better assist beauty/barbering professionals at or 888-600-7380.

Over 12,000 industry professionals and establishment owners accessed the Professional Beauty Federation’s online portal, with tens-of-millions of PPP dollars going to our hard-hit industry as a result of the PBFC’s unprecedented campaign. 

About PBFC

The PBFC is a nonprofit trade association that was formed in 1999 to give voice to the over 600,000 licensed barbering/beauty professionals in California to raise the professionalism of the beauty and barbering industry.  While their mission has never changed, their scope of representation has expanded in recent months, as they blazed the reopening trail for all Personal Care professionals through two successive federal lawsuits against the California Governor, a coordinated, statewide #OpenSalonsNow grassroots campaign and most recently with their nationwide PPP and now ERC assistance programs. For more information please visit 

About Adesso Capital

Adesso Capital provides financing solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. They have secured nearly $1 billion in financing and Paycheck Protection Program loans that have helped small businesses expand, manage cash flow, purchase new assets and inventory, and make improvements. They work with businesses across the US and offer an array of financing products, including term loans, lines of credit, SBA loans, accounts receivable financing, and equipment loans. For more information, please visit

SB 803 and Its Impact Explained — Podcast Interview

Posted June 21, 2021, under Advocacy, Deregulation, Hot Topics, Licensure, Schools/Students

Hair Game podcast host and Salon Republic founder, Eric Taylor, interviews PBFC Legal Counsel/Advocate Fred Jones about the potential implications of our beloved industry if SB 803 as currently drafted becomes law. This long-format interview answers many of your questions about this dramatic reform legislation, including not only the threatening …

Legislative/Regulatory Reforms

SB 803 Threatens Our Professionalism

Posted May 19, 2021, under Advocacy, Deregulation, Licensure, Schools/Students

Just last week, SB 803 (Roth — Riverside County) was gutted-and-amended into a bill that would usher in major and troubling reforms.  We are calling on everyone earning a living in the barbering/beauty industry to reach out to your state representatives and express your concerns.  In short, please help us #StopSB803 …

From PPP Funding … to PPP Forgiveness

Posted May 9, 2021, under Hot Topics, PPP

Anyone who has followed our recent work will know that the PBFC established an unprecedented, nationwide program to get our industry badly needed and well-deserved PPP relief funds from the federal government.  That effort helped guide thousands of behind-the-chair professionals and establishment owners to this little pot of gold, something …

PBFC Guides Our Industry to the Pot of Gold

Posted April 16, 2021, under Advocacy, Hot Topics, PPP

If you are an establishment owner, a booth/suite renter or self-employed professional, we will help you secure government relief funds through our unprecedented online portal, so please read this full article. As most of you are aware, the Professional Beauty Federation of California has been standing tall in defense of …

President Biden Prioritizes Our Industry For Next 2 Weeks!

Posted February 27, 2021, under Hot Topics, PPP

President Joseph Biden announced that he would direct the Small Business Administration to only accept PPP applications from self-employed/sole proprietors and companies with fewer than 20 employees for 14 days beginning this week.  This prioritizes our industry applicants more than any other economic sector! And this second round of $284B of PPP …

Legislative/Regulatory Reforms

Salons & Restaurants Sue Governor Newsom

Posted January 22, 2021, under Advocacy, Hot Topics

Since 1999, the Professional Beauty Federation of California has striven to give voice to California’s 620,000 hair/skin/nails licensed professionals and 53,000 licensed barbering/beauty establishments. In recent months, we have been very active in trying to keep our so-called “non-essential” but safe businesses in operation, including a concerted #OpenSalonsNow campaign and …

BREAKING: Financial Relief Announced by PBFC!

Posted December 22, 2020, under Advocacy, Hot Topics

PBFC Announces PPP Opportunity … Placing Our Industry In The Front of the Line! Congress recently passed and President Trump signed a COVID-19 relief package, which includes $284B in additional funding for another round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to assist struggling businesses.  Unlike the prior round that went mostly …

Nail Salons Statewide Reopening Announcement

Posted September 22, 2020, under Advocacy, Hot Topics, Licensure

Since 1999, the Professional Beauty Federation of California has striven to give voice to California’s 620,000 hair/skin/nails licensed professionals and 52,000 licensed barbering/beauty establishments.  In recent months, we have been very active in trying to get our so-called “non-essential” but safe businesses back in operation, including a federal lawsuit filed …


Disrespect Leads to Delicensure!

Posted September 10, 2020, under Deregulation, Licensure

Which industry sectors were the last to reopen during the recent nationwide lockdowns?  Hint: It wasn’t the multinational retail corporations, the grocers and alcohol outlets, the automobile sales/repair facilities, the home improvement stores or the dental offices.  It was the personal service sectors — hair/skin/nail shops, gyms, tattoo and massage …

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