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This is where we keep you abreast of the latest news, information, and happenings impacting California’s beauty and barbering industry.  You can also follow more frequent updates on our Facebook page: PBFC Facebook  From recent changes in the law to emerging policy reform initiatives, you’ll be on the cutting edge of real-time, reliable and actionable insights that only the PBFC can deliver.

President Biden Prioritizes Our Industry For Next 2 Weeks!

Posted February 27, 2021, under Hot Topics, PPP

Legislative/Regulatory Reforms

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 allows our booth/suite renters, independent contractors and salon owners to receive 100% forgivable loans (meaning you’ll never have to pay it back!).

To take advantage of this badly needed government assistance, the PBFC established relationships with SBA approved lenders to create an unprecedented online portal in which our beauty/barbering professionals can submit their entire application.  Our lead lender, Adesso Capital, also established a call center that is available to assist applicants successfully submit their required paperwork.  And we opened this up to barbering and beauty professionals in all 50 states.

As of yesterday, over 12,150 industry professionals and shop owners had already accessed our online portal, with over $25M in SBA approved loans going out to our industry in real time.  Everyone who isn’t a W-2 employee should be applying, especially in the next two weeks, when our industry applications will be among the only ones being processed by SBA!

If you haven’t already, please follow our Facebook page for more regular updates about this PPP funding opportunity, our ongoing federal court lawsuit against Governor Newsom to permanently keep our salons/shops/spas opened, and a host of other advocacy efforts to defend and promote our beloved industry.

Here is our Facebook page: PBFC Facebook

We are also on Intagram, @ProBeautyFederation

Finally, if you haven’t yet, here’s the portal to begin your PPP application: PBFC PPP

Oh, and there’s been great media coverage of this exciting opportunity, like these articles:

The Tease

Modern Salon

 

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 …

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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 …

Governor Capitulates … again … sort of!

Posted August 28, 2020, under Advocacy, Hot Topics, Licensure

Here is the PBFC’s Public Statement in response to Governor Newsom’s convoluted tiered schema he just rolled out, placing 87% of our nail/skin establishments OUTSIDE, while reopening INDOOR hair/barbershops statewide (evidently without capacity limits):      Since 1999, the Professional Beauty Federation of California has striven to give voice to …

San Francisco Targets OpenSafe Leader!

Posted August 21, 2020, under Advocacy, Hot Topics

The City and County of San Francisco is targeting the leader of the OpenSafeCalifornia movement! They aren’t going after anyone else, which means if we can fight them back, here, we can protect everyone’s establishments in the City By The Bay. This is what is happening to Shay in real …

Salons/Shops/Spas Teetering on Insolvency

Posted August 10, 2020, under Advocacy, Hot Topics

Another month, another column focusing on the invisible enemy that at least here in California continues to lay waste to our economy, our industry and our livelihoods.  Well, to be more precise, COVID is wreaking havoc in terms of contagion spread here in the Golden State, but our state and …

Meet The Man Behind The Curtain

Posted July 28, 2020, under Advocacy, Hot Topics

Since we brought Governor Newsom to court and kicked off the #OpenSalonsNow campaign, the PBFC has broken through the noise, received unparalleled media coverage, and reached the collective consciousness of our half-million active, licensed professionals … in a way we have never been able to penetrate in our association’s 20 …

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PBFC Statement Re: Outside Services

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

The Professional Beauty Federation of California is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit trade association that seeks to give voice to California’s 621,000 hair/skin/nails licensed professionals, as well the over 53,000 licensed barbering/beauty establishments.  We have been very active in trying to get our so-called “non-essential” businesses back in operation since May, …

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