What is the OICBA?

by Robert Costa, OICBA Board Member

The Ohio Independent Cosmetologists and Barbers Association (OICBA) was formed in 1997 to protect independent cosmetologists and barbers from House Bill 490 designed to abolish booth rental in the state of Ohio. They were successful in defeating that legislation and, since that time, have been very active in monitoring not only the Ohio legislature, but also the State Board of Cosmetology and eventually obtained a permanent seat for an independent cosmetologist on the State Board of Cosmetology.

Dedicated to the slogan “We’re Looking Out for You” the OICBA has worked tirelessly to support independents by acting as “YOUR Legislative Watchdog”.  In May of 2003, OICBA was present when then Governor Bob Taft signed into Ohio law an update of Ohio’s antiquated cosmetology laws.  Furthermore, OICBA was successful in defeating a potential law that would have mandated “hair services” be subject to the state’s sales tax. Those are just a few of the main achievements they have been able to accomplish during the last few years. 

OICBA will be conducting their annual education meeting on November 7-8, 2010 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus.

Packed with “must know” information and excellent speakers, the main theme for this years’ premier statewide event for Ohio’s Independent Cosmetologists and Barbers will be:  “Using Technology to Maximize Your Profits (and Your Independence)”.  It will feature Don Snyder “The Idea Guy”, Joy Hart – “Face book”, Beth Graves with Salon Text.net, and Mike Lang CEO, Paul Mitchell Ohio.  Finally, back by popular demand, Kevin Miller, Executive Director of the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology will present recent and future regulations that impact the independent cosmetologists and the industry in general as well as conduct the ever-popular question and answer session. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to earn valuable CEU credits, learn priceless information about the industry and Ohio’s legislative process and network with your colleagues from across the state. For tickets, membership and additional information contact David Corey or Linda Martin at the OICBA Office (614) 784-9772 or log on to www.oicba.com.


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