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Our History

SpaBizBoard was created in 2006 by esthetician and former spa owner Diane Buccola as a message board for estheticians and other spa professionals. In the many years that followed, SBB evolved into a valuable and well-respected resource for the spa industry. Much of the information contained within the walls of SBB is not intended for the general public; therefore in 2007, SBB evolved into a private subscription site.

SpaBizBoard has no interest in being the largest online message board. For that reason, we do not advertise, nor do we sell advertising space on our site. You won't see banners or ads anywhere on SBB. Our goal is simply to fill a much-needed void by providing online access to information and advice that estheticians can trust. We believe that we are only as strong as our weakest link and by mentoring each other, we all will flourish.

SpaBizBoard has three levels of membership (which are explained below) and we have purposely kept the membership fees extremely affordable to ensure that all interested spa professionals have an opportunity to join SBB and learn from the best in the spa biz.

Thanks for your interest in SpaBizBoard.

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What Makes SpaBizBoard Different From Other Message Boards?

I decided early on that unlike other boards, I wanted to limit access only to those who were directly connected with the esthetics and spa business, and I wanted to restrict access from the general public and those who might be selling non-professional and MLM skin care products. Therefore, our registration process is a bit lengthy and it takes a lot of administrative effort, but it has proven to be worth the trouble.

We appreciate that there are lots of message boards whose members dispense free advice and information, but as they say, "You get what you pay for." SBB's membership fee successfully eliminates all but the most committed and qualified estheticians and advisors, which makes for valuable and trustworthy information that you won't find on other message boards.

SBB members are leaders in the spa business. You will recognize names of those who regularly speak at spa trade shows and write articles for trade publications.

Because of our limited access and strict privacy policy, we have attracted skin care companies, consultants, authors, instructors, school owners, spa directors, estheticians, and other leaders in the spa business, who actively participate in our discussions. We know that many skin care companies subscribe to SBB and have specific employees assigned to follow the discussions so they can keep current with what our members are thinking at any given time. Kudos to those vendors who are trying to stay in touch with what is happening in our business! Additionally, we have a private area for estheticians only (no reps, no vendors) where we discuss products and other issues out of the view of others.

The vendors have been especially kind to SBB members by providing special SBB demos at trade shows and special classes and pricing for our members, and we are very grateful to have them on board.

We encourage your participation! There are NO silly questions in this business. There is always somebody ahead of you and also somebody behind you every step of the way on your path to career success, so your input is helpful. However, many of our members only read and do not post at all. Once you are a member of SBB, you can log in anonymously if you prefer.

You can also use SBB for research; we have a search function that is fantastic. Our database goes back to 2006, so you can get lost in our discussion threads for days! Now that we have become a subscription/private board, the big names in the spa business are more comfortable speaking out. As a member of SBB, you will be hanging out with the best of the best in the Esthetics World!

Thanks for checking us out. We are glad you stopped by.

~Diane Buccola

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Shannon O'Brien ("Sugar Mama") owner of iSugar University will teach us about the benefits of sugaring.

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Fun times at the International Congress of Esthetics 2015, Long Beach!

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Welcome Estheticians and Spa Professionals!

Membership in SpaBizBoard is limited to licensed practitioners, vendors, spa owners and managers, reps, educators and others who are connected to the spa industry. Therefore, our membership process is not automatic. If you are interested in becoming a member of SpaBizBoard, please read the following:

STEP 1. Click on the "CREATE ACCOUNT" link (top right corner) and follow the instructions to create your user name & password.

STEP 2. Within 24 hours, you will receive an email from SpaBizBoard with a link to our online registration form. (If the completed form has not been received by us within 7 days, your registration will be automatically deleted.)

STEP 3. Once your online registration form has been approved, you will receive an email with instructions for purchase of your preferred membership package.

QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS: If you have any questions or problems with this registration process, please submit a post in our forum below entitled "Questions about Registration Procedure." We will be notified immediately and will respond as soon as possible.

Thank you for your interest in SpaBizBoard!

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General - $25/year, open to all spa professionals.
Private - $50/year, open to licensed estheticians only (excluding reps and vendors).

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We created a special membership just for students who are currently enrolled in any esthetics, massage, cosmetology, etc., course. This is a one-time-only 6-month membership (with General Membership privileges) at an affordable $10 fee designed to give you the opportunity to hang out with the pros, ask questions, learn and network. (Proof of enrollment is required.)

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Please post any questions you may have for SBB Administration and/or let us know about trouble you may be experiencing with our registration and payment procedure.

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VENDOR FREE MEMBERSHIP (by invitation only)

Vendors who are sponsored by a current SBB member may be entitled to a FREE 3-month General membership. If interested, please contact the SBB member directly and they will forward the request to SBB Administration. (When registering, please choose a screen name that will easily identify your company to the SBB members.)

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Spa Dreaming

by Diane Buccola (owner of SpaBizBoard.com) for Les Nouvelles Esthetique magazine

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Dare To Inspire

by Diane Buccola (owner of SpaBizBoard.com) for Dermascope magazine

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THE HEART OF ESTHETICS: Creating Loyal Clients & Achieving Financial Success

If you have been in this business for at least a year and are still looking for ways to bring in new clients, something is definitely wrong! So before you spend thousands of dollars on "spa consultants" or continue with the same old marketing suggestions (that obviously aren't working), read this inexpensive book that will literally redirect and revitalize your esthetics business.

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Estheticians Are a Girl's Best Friend

This sweet little book does your marketing for you! Consumers are constantly manipulated by TV and magazine ads, MLM companies and over-the-counter salespeople. This is an inexpensive and easy way to educate clients and potential clients about the benefits of professional skin care products and regular visits to an esthetician. All you have to do is get this booklet into the hands of the public. Place in your waiting room, fitness club, hair salons, coffee bar, church, etc. Wherever men and women gather, this book should be there!

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Resources for spa professionals and consumers

To be added soon: Video tutorials for estheticians!

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Esthetician & Spa tee-shirts and accessories

Tee-shirts and caps are great conversation starters, so wear them anywhere potential clients might be! Give pillows or mugs as client gifts. An easy and affordable way to promote yourself...with no effort!

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Advanced Education for Estheticians - Online

COMING SOON: Everything you wish you would have learned in esthetics school!

Video tutorials presented by experts in their respective fields on topics including: Business, marketing, sales, legislation, start-up, advanced esthetic treatments, techniques and equipment, peels, lashes, makeup, sugaring, waxing, and much more. We are going to cover it all! (Available to licensed estheticians only.)

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Educational Opportunities

Classes, seminars, webinars, etc.

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Are All Esthetics Credentials Created Equal?

Comparison of CIDESCO, ITEC and NCEA Certified

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SpaBizBoard articles

Links to trade magazine articles written by members of SpaBizBoard

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NCEA (National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations)

The coalition is a group of active skin care associations, companies, estheticians and other individuals, who have united to establish standards and best practices, and provide political representation for our profession to state legislators and licensing boards.

NCEA is protecting your right to practice by...

• Addressing current issues that impact your income
• Developing professional and educational guidelines
• Representing your interests at the state regulatory level
• Strengthening your voice in the industry

Sign up for the NCEA free newsletter.
Become a member.
Become NCEA certified! (We did!!!)

Please visit the NCEA Website for more info:

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Find an Esthetician or Spa in Your Area

This forum has been created to assist the public in finding a licensed professional esthetician in your area. Please click on your state and peruse the various listings for your area.

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American Cancer Society - Look Good Feel Better program (public forum)

This wonderful program desperately needs esthetician, cosmetologist and general volunteers. Please follow the link to the LGFB website and learn about this great program that helps women (and men) who are going through chemotherapy.

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Why are Facials Important?

Why Should I Have Professional Facials by a Licensed Esthetician?

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What About Sunscreen?

Do I need it Daily? What about spf?

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What about Melanoma?

The ABC's of Melanoma

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You Need to Know

Important information for consumers.

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Sunscreen Innovation Act

Signed into law. After more than a decade, FDA will now have to approve 8 new sunscreen ingredients in a timely manner.

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CA AB1153 - Master Esthetician license

Updates regarding the proposed California Master Esthetician license bill

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Washington State - Master Esthetician

Master Esthetician endorsement deadline to apply expires January 15, 2015

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CA AB 1147 - Massage Therapy Act

Assembly Bill 1147 - CMT training and licensing

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