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Our History

SpaBizBoard was created in 2006 by NCEA Certified Esthetician and former spa owner Diane Buccola as a message board for estheticians and other spa professionals. Over the last decade, SBB has evolved into a valuable and well-respected educational resource for the spa industry where information is private and only accessible to legitimate spa-related professionals. SBB is a safe place for estheticians to ask questions and get answers from advisors whose credentials are readily available for review -- which is a welcome relief from the plethora of Facebook and other social media groups where anyone with a computer can promote themselves as an "expert" and freely hand out incorrect information.

SBB is a subscription site and is open only to those who have met the qualifications as required by our registration process. SBB's goal is to fill a much-needed void by providing online access to information and advice that estheticians can trust. We have purposely kept membership extremely affordable to ensure that all interested spa professionals have an opportunity to join SBB and learn from the best in the spa biz.

We believe that we are only as strong as our weakest link and by mentoring each other, we will all flourish.

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What Makes SpaBizBoard Different from Other Social Networking Groups?

The short answer is:
You will have unlimited access to Spa Consultant, NCEA Certified Esthetician, Mentor, Author, Speaker, LNE Magazine Technical Advisory Board member, Diane Buccola, as well as access to some of the most talented Estheticians in the country. You are not going to get this sort of access on any other social media site. WE ARE NOT FACEBOOK and don't want to be! Information inside these walls is accurate and dependable and is for Estheticians and other spa professionals only. It is not accessible to the general public.

And the long answer is:
I decided early on that unlike other boards I had participated in and co-managed, with SpaBizBoard I wanted to limit access to only those who were directly connected to esthetics and the spa business. I wanted to create a place where Estheticians could communicate with each other outside the view of the general public, our clients and potential clients...and we definitely don't want to share our pro secrets with anyone who is selling Multi-Level-Marketing skin care products. Therefore, we have to be selective, so our registration process is not automatic. It takes a lot of administrative effort, but it has proven to be worth the effort.

SBB has a Private Area for Estheticians only (no reps, no vendors) where we discuss products and other issues out of the view of our General members, some of which may be affiliated with a particular manufacturer that is on our radar. SBB's Private Area is where you can vent, discuss companies' policies and practices, quality of products, customer service, and other personal topics, knowing that your audience is made up entirely of licensed Estheticians. So if you are an Esthetician, this is the membership level that is best for you ($50 per year).

Membership fees have never been increased because I want SBB to be affordable and accessible to all Estheticians. SBB's database goes all the way back to 2006, so you can find something on every esthetic-related topic imaginable.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 very valuable. However, if you prefer anonymity, as an SBB member you have the option to log in anonymously.

Stay current and be inspired with us!

~Diane Buccola (src)

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Today's Hot Topic

Discussing, recommending (etc.) the vendors who will be exhibiting at Long Beach Congress next month.

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VENDORS: Any company exhibiting at the upcoming Long Beach Congress of Esthetics & Spa will be offered a complementary week inside the walls of SpaBizBoard to promote your company, products, etc., to our members!

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Vendor Special Offers and Discounts

VENDORS: We are always interested in professional products, equipment, tools, services and training related to esthetics and the spa business. If you would like to introduce your product to our estheticians and are willing to extend our members some sort of special offer, please contact me at src@spabizboard.com. (No MLM companies, please)

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On-Demand Education: Current Highlights

The Art of the Consultation
Employee v. Independent Contractor
Estheticians: Are you properly insured?
Quickbooks Pro
Understanding Fitzpatrick types
Maintaining the skin's barrier function
Peel demo
Meridian Massage facial
Extraction demo
Energy Healing
Female Adult Acne
Makeup mistakes
Esthetic equipment
Uncomplicate your service menu
Client Development Plan
"Retail-only" clientele
Int'l Congress of Esthetics & Spa 2016
The Consultation: A Golden Opportunity for Increased Retail Sales
Back Bar: Our Secret Weapon for Retail Profitability
Intake Form: Questions to ask
Why Groupon is bad for businesses
Feng Shui for the Workplace

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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 administration requesting specific information that is required to complete your registration. (Your registration will stay active for 7 days from the date of that email. Once that has expired, you will be required to re-register.)

STEP 3. Once your registration information has been validated, you will receive an email with an invitation to purchase your preferred membership package.** (Your invitation will stay active for 7 days from the date of that email. Once that has expired, you will be required to re-register.)

**PLEASE NOTE: Membership term is one year. You will be notified that your expiration date is approaching and at that time, you can choose to manually renew. (We do not store members' payment information.)

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 estheticians and other spa professionals, as well as vendors, reps and other spa- or esthetics-related businesses.
PRIVATE - $50/year, open to licensed estheticians ONLY. Includes access to General membership forums. (Exception: Estheticians who sell MLM skin care products are not allowed.)

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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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Today's Insight

Thoughts become "things"...choose wisely.

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SBB Photo Gallery

Many thanks to the many leaders and friends in the spa biz who have supported SBB all of these years.

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BLOG - Happy Esthetician

Info, random thoughts, events, etc., by SpaBizBoard owner, Diane Buccola.

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Facebook - Happy Esthetician

Info and fun for all!

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Twitter - @SpaBizBoard

Tweet-worthy tidbits

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The Sugar Show

Interview with SpaBizBoard owner, Diane Buccola

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A note to Estheticians: This little book was written as a guide for the general public, so I highly recommend that you buy this book, give it a quick read, and then pass it along to every client, potential client and confused consumer that you can!)

Women are bombarded on a daily basis with ads from skin care product manufacturers and salespeople, as well as medical and surgical service providers -- all of which are designed to convince women that they should lift, tuck, tighten, erase or buy one-size-fits-all "magic" products. On the other hand, what you won't see are expensive ad campaigns by estheticians, who for years have been quietly and safely helping clients reach their skin care goals.This book will help guide you through the ever-evolving world of skin care so you can make informed decisions before committing to aggressive procedures that are expensive, irreversible and possibly dangerous. This book has recently been revised to include lots of updated information including the most recent skin cancer statistics.

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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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Resources for spa professionals and consumers

At this time, our educational videos, articles and Power Point presentations are only available to SBB members only.

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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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Are All Esthetics Credentials Created Equal?

Comparison of CIDESCO, ITEC and NCEA Certified

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Int'l Congress of Esthetics & Spa (ICES)

This forum is open to the public; however, the public can only read and reply in this forum; SBB members can start new topics, upload photos, etc.

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SpaBizBoard articles

Links to trade magazine articles written by members of SpaBizBoard

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For New Estheticians

Tips for the Newbies

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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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No More Microbeads

President Obama signs a bill banning microbeads

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Tennessee Legislative Alert

Defeat SB1815

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California Employment Law 2016

2016 updates

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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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