As members of Cosmetologists Chicago, owners of America’s Beauty Show (traditionally the Midwest Beauty Show), we are working salon owners and professionals concerned about the recent announcement by the Professional Beauty Association/National Cosmetology Association (PBA/NCA) of its intention to launch a salon industry event in Rosemont, IL within two weeks of our scheduled 2011 America’s Beauty Show at McCormick Place Chicago.
As salon professionals, we view the timing of this launch as a predatory attempt by the industry's suppliers to usurp the independent voice of salon owners and professionals and to divide the marketplace.
As customers of many of the manufacturer and distributor members of PBA/NCA, we are disappointed that another salon industry association would so blatantly attempt to undermine our 86-year-old established rite of spring for thousands and thousands of salon professionals.
America’s Beauty Show, the Midwest Beauty Show, has been held annually in the spring since 1924. Throughout those many years, it has funded the growth and protection of our profession and industry.
Our beauty show has been, and continues to be, our major source of education, products and fashion innovation.
Because we support fair competition in any market, we respectfully request that PBA/NCA move its proposed event to non-competing dates later in the year. Our association would welcome the opportunity to work with PBA/NCA on an event in fall 2011 that would be mutually beneficial to the associations, the exhibitors and especially our fellow professionals.
We urge PBA/NCA to reconsider immediately its decision to launch this event before it causes any further confusion or damage to the industry and its practitioners.