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Advocacy Leaders

As Legislative Advocacy Leaders, these IBN members keep their eyes and ears peeled for legislation that our members need to know about. We are currently seeking other members to join us to serve in their states. Please leave a note in the comments section below if you are an IBN member and have questions about leading in your state. No experience is necessary -- just passion, common sense and a desire to positively affect the future of American small business. Thanks!


Kristin Fraser Cotte

Kristin Fraser Cotte, The Grapeseed Company
IBN Member Since December 2007
Kristin's Profile Page
The Grapeseed Company's products contain a skin nourishing line-up of organic and natural ingredients. our products feature the finest quality expeller-pressed grape seed oil, a natural by product of the wine making process. Their products are hand-blended aromas formulated with pure essential oils, fruit and plant essences. Kristen co-manages with Lisa Rodgers (one of our South Carolina Advocacy Leader) the Personal Care Truth website.

Jennifer Hardaway

Jennifer Hardaway, KLEANSpa
IBN Member Since December 2005
Jennifer's Profile Page
KLEANSpa gives you products that are pleasing to the nose and spirit. We procure the finest ingredients we can get our hands on. Join us on our journey across the world as we dip into exotic oils, butters and fragrances, for products that will delight you (and your skin)!


Cindy Jones, Sagescript Institute, LLC
IBN Member Since September 2009
Cindy's Profile Page
Cindy Jones, Ph.D. is a scientist/herbalist and owner of Sagescript Institute. We grow herbs and make skin care and cosmetics products on our farm for wholesale/retail and private label. Our own line of products is Colorado Aromatics. We also do microbiology testing and consulting.


Katherine Corkill

Katherine Corkill, Sterling Minerals Cosmetics
IBN Member Since June 2006
Katherine's Profile Page
Sterling Minerals Cosmetics are unique in formulation and are unlike any other loose mineral makeup brand you can find on the market today. Our age defying mineral cosmetics may actually improve the condition and texture of fragile skin since many of the ingredients we use are still used today in the Ancient Art of Ayurveda. Out of a desire to reclaim our natural beauty, we created the exclusive Rose Petal Line™ of crushed minerals and soothing botanicals.

Jeanne Kissman

Jeanne Kissman, Plum Hill Pure Body Essentials, LLC
IBN Member Since November 2006
Jeanne's Profile Page
Plum Hill Pure Body Essentials LLC Products are handmade in small batches. Our product line consists of sugar body scrubs, body butters, body wash, bath and body oils and body linen sprays.


Alyssa Middleton

Alyssa Middleton, Vintage Body Spa
IBN Member Since July 2008
Alyssa's Profile Page
Vintage Body Spa’s natural, luxurious line is designed to ‘Indulge Your Body ™’. Signature products are handcrafted in small batches with only the finest ingredients including exotic butters and oils. The product line is free from parabens, artificial colors and harsh chemicals. We are a cruelty-free and ecoconscious company striving to create only the best spa indulgences. Vintage Body Spa products are available via retail, wholesale and private label.


Emily Caswell, GDCSpa
IBN Member Since June 2006
Emily's Profile Page
GCDSpa.com creates bath and body products in unique fragrances and flavors that celebrate life’s big (and small) events. Our products are hand crafted and decorated to our customers’ specifications using the best ingredients, fun embellishments, and reckless enthusiasm! Our specialty is designing tiny thank-yous in personalized packages.


Jamyla Bennu

Jamyla Bennu, Oyin Handmade
IBN Member Since March 2007
Jamyla's Profile Page
Our hair and body products speak for themselves, in the silky skin and happy hair of our satisfied customers. Our goodies are designed with a focus not only on aesthetics and styling, but the nourishment and health of hair & skin..


Marla Bosworth

Marla Bosworth, Back Porch Soaps
IBN Member Since May 2007
Marla's Profile Page
Back Porch Soap Company designs, produces and distributes an evolving line of pure, high-quality bath and body giftware products in selected United States markets. The company's sea-inspired line is sold in upscale gift stores and spas, while its organic line is sold in natural health stores.

Sheri Lee Pierce

Sheri Lee Pierce, Paradise City Herbal
IBN Member Since September 2006
Sheri's Profile Page
Handcrafted organic herbal bodycare, soaps, perfumes, and incense. I use herbs fresh from my own garden and never any synthetics, chemical preservatives, or petroleum products. All the ingredients are natural and are listed on the label. Vegan blends available. And of course, there's never any animal testing. Everything I make is tested by volunteer humans and is unconditionally guaranteed. Packaging is reusable and / or recyclable. Also featuring bulk herbal supplies you need to DIY!


Ann Wooledge

Ann Wooledge, Wingsets Aromatherapy
IBN Member Since July 2008
Ann's Profile Page
Using certified organic plant oils to create products in small, controlled batches. We use our knowledge of herbs and essential oils to produce custom-blended fragrances and unique personal care products designed for the health as well as the beauty of your body.

New York

Mary Claire Mayes

Mary Claire Mayes, Alabu Soap
IBN Member Since October 2007
Mary Claire Mayes's Page
Relief from common soap! We Promise: Alabu soap will clean and not irritate your skin. Most people find they need less or no moisturizer when using Alabu soap. For our retail and wholesale natural soap customers alike, we make all of our handmade goat milk natural soap from 100% pure, farm fresh goat milk (no water, no powdered milk).

Roberta Perry

Roberta Perry, Scrubz Body Scrub, Inc.
IBN Member Since October 2008
Roberta's Profile Page
Scrubz All Natural Sugar Body Scrub is four body care products in one! It is a Body Cleanser/Scrub, Facial Scrub, Preshave/Shaving Oil and a Moisturizer! We blend pure cane sugar with 9 natural oils, then use a mixture of essential and fragrance oils to create 20+ scents! We use no alcohol, artificial preservatives or color so it is safe for daily use on body and face! We're Softening The World One Jar At A Time.

North Carolina

Donna Maria Coles Johnson

Donna Maria Coles Johnson, Donna Maria's blog
Founded IBN January 2000
Donna Maria's Profile Page
Donna Maria is an attorney, author, award winning small business expert and IBN's leader. She is a sought after speaker and the host of the weekly Indie Business Radio Show. She was the first to take proactive action in 2008 when the House Energy & Commerce Committee circulated the first draft of the FDA Globalization Act and has been a chief advocacy strategist on the issue ever since.

Cathy McCracken

Cathy McCracken, Apothecary 695
IBN Member Since January 2010
Cathy's Profile Page
Premium anti-aging skin care at a reasonable price.

Allison Kontur

Allison Kontur, Smell No Evil, Ltd, dba Bath Body Supply
IBN Member Since October 2007
Allison's Profile Page
BathBodySupply.com provides a wide selection of supplies including sea salts, bulk skincare bases, fragrance & essential oils, exotic butters, vegetable oils, additives, chemicals, waxes, packaging, containers & accessories. We specialize in customizing our bulk bases from a wide selection of stock additives! Whether you require raw materials or want to save time by ordering a customized base, we have what you need to get the job done!


Danyelle Bush

Danyelle Bush, Rittenhouse Candle & Soap
IBN Member Since March 2009
Dannyelle's Profile Page
Rittenhouse Candle and Soap’s products are based on a concept of a healthier lifestyle and a cleaner environment. Our products soothe the soul and quench the body. From Our Hands To Yours...Naturally

Venessa Phipps

Venessa Phipps, DeGanya Aromatics
IBN Member Since August 2009
Venessa's Profile Page
Customized synergistic blends and anointing oils made to renew, enhance, and restore the 3 dimensions of the person: spirit, soul and body.


Cynthia Johnston

Cynthia Johnston, Moonmaid Botanicals
IBN Member Since September 2007
Cynthia's Profile Page
MoonMaid Botanicals is an herbcompany dedicated to providing safe herbal alternatives for the good health of people and the planet.


Rachel Lane

Rachel Lane, Barcelona Bath & Body
IBN Member Since January 2004
Rachel's Profile Page
Surround yourself with the finest in home fragrance and personal care, beautifully packaged for gifts and everyday use. Barcelona Bath & Body is known for premium quality. Handcrafted in Grapevine, Texas by knowledgeable artisans, our exquisite and exclusive soaps, room sprays, sachets and soy candles enhance every aspect of your home and your life. Go Barcelona. You’ll never want anything else.

Susan Svec

Susan Svec, Susan's Soaps & More
IBN Member Since July 2008
Susan's Profile Page
Full line of all natural skin care products including soaps, solid shampoo bars, scrubs and face care products. We even have men's products and natural insect repellent. We use no artificial fragrances, preservatives or colorants and no animal fats. We are a home based business that began in 2000 and now ships products across the world. We offer custom labeling and product support to our wholesale customers.

Christine White-Stanton

Christine White-Stanton, Scandle Candle
IBN Member Since January 2008
Christine's Profile Page
Scandle LLC is the creator of The Scandle Body Massage Candle - the first candle that's healthy for the skin & environment. We also specialize in private labeling & wholesale spa products.


Stephanie Craig

Stephanie Craig, Honeybee Soaps
IBN Member Since March 2006
Stephanie's Profile Page
Honey Bee Soaps is a family owned and operated business using natural ingredients to produce soaps, lotions, lip balms and bath salts in small batches, by hand and from scratch. They make many of their products with pure filtered Vermont rain water. Custom gift baskets are available.


Anne-Marie Faiola, Bramble Berry, Inc.
IBN Member Since June 2001
Anne-Marie's Profile Page
Bramble Berry Inc. supplies fully-tested fragrance oils (suitable for both candles and all types of soap), as well as a wide range of colorants. We also sell a large variety of molds and unscented toiletry bases. Bramble Berry Inc. stocks numerous bottles (including hard-to-find items), as well as a unique innovative flavor oil line. We have a Monthly Specials page on our web site, so be sure to check our web site often!

Marcia Elston, Samara Botane
IBN Member Since February 2008
Marcia's Profile Page
Founded 1988, trusted importer/supplier of aromatic raw materials and aromatherapy supplies; manufacturer of natural spa and bodycare products; natural products business consultation; product development; private label. Wholesale and retail. Educational programs and conferences. Industry Nonprofit Blog: http://www.aromaconnection.org.

Marianne Wilson Stein

Marianne Wilson Stein, Gifts From The Earth
IBN Member Since June 2001
Marianne's Profile Page
It is our belief that exquisite beauty surrounds us all and resides inside each individual. We offer a full line of skin care products including our luxurious luscious lotion, body scrubs and muds and a full face care line. All products are made fresh to order in small batches. Custom formulations are our specialty.

Vanessa Nixon Klein

Vanessa Nixon Klein, Herbs Of Grace
IBN Member Since December 2000
Vanessa's Profile Page
Our goal is to provide superior quality mineral cosmetics, using the finest, natural ingredients available, chosen especially for their purity. We offer a full line of all natural mineral makeup. Our Natural Look Mineral Makeup includes loose powder foundations, vegan lip balm, and a versatile line of mineral colors that can be used as eyeshadow, blush, lipstick and more. There are no artificial ingredients, preservatives or chemical dyes in these products. We do not test on animals and never will. We welcome all who are looking for beauty products with a conscience. Now also supplying superior quality unblended micas, titanium dioxide and iron oxides free of synthetic dyes or artificial coatings, as well as bulk blended mineral foundations and colors.


Lauren Sheahan

Lauren Sheahan, Lauress Cosmetics, Inc.
IBN Member Since March 2007
Lauren's Profile Page
LaurEss offers an extensive line of premium mineral cosmetics, answering consumers’ need for natural, non-irritating makeup products that look beautiful, have a lightweight feel, exceptional coverage and sophisticated colors.


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Comment by dM, CEO on July 22, 2011 at 5:18pm
Hello Sakira: Thanks for your interest! I will contact you private to discuss everything!
Comment by Sakira Lilly on July 21, 2011 at 2:28pm
How does one become an advocate?
Comment by dM, CEO on November 22, 2010 at 2:50pm
Hi Cynthia!

We are thrilled to have you join us!

You have been added, see above.

Thank you for joining forces with us to positively impact public policy and laws where small and independent businesses are concerned.

I look forward to working with you in this new capacity!

Comment by cynthia johnston on November 22, 2010 at 12:28pm
I would very much love to be the Tennessee advocate.......what's the next step.
Comment by Nicole Harris on October 27, 2010 at 5:56pm
I am from Illinois and would love to help!

Comment by IBN Member Theresa Matthews on August 17, 2010 at 1:03pm

I don't mind helping out here in the state of Lincoln (Illinois). Just let me know how I can be of any assistance.


Comment by IBN Member - Venessa Phipps on August 15, 2010 at 10:18am
I can help located in PA
Comment by Danyelle Bush on August 14, 2010 at 1:11pm
I can help with Pennsylvania!
Comment by IBN Member Cathy McCracken on August 5, 2010 at 3:54pm
I'm here in Ohio to help as needed!
Comment by Jeanne Kissman on July 26, 2010 at 8:15pm
Here in Idaho
Comment by Roberta Perry on July 25, 2010 at 11:33am
All in here in Plainview, NY
Comment by Melanie Downey on May 18, 2010 at 5:14am
I'll take Massachusetts!
Comment by Maryclaire Mayes on March 22, 2010 at 4:47pm
sign up for FDA e-mail updates on a number of topics including cosmetics
Comment by IBN Member - Tyrika Swails - mainelement: love on March 12, 2010 at 3:36pm

You have me here in Texas!
Comment by Maryclaire Mayes on March 9, 2010 at 1:48pm
The special small biz discount for the sustainable cosmetics summit in NYC is $1000. for 2 days.
Comment by Maryclaire Mayes on March 5, 2010 at 10:13pm
I called about http://www.sustainablecosmeticssummit.com/, they said they have a small business discount but they haven't sent me the info yet, but I think it will still be very expensive. If you go to the link you can request info
Comment by IBN Member Allison Kontur on March 3, 2010 at 2:16pm
If you need another leader in Ohio, I'm your girl!
Comment by dM, CEO on March 2, 2010 at 9:46pm
Kelly and Maggie: Life just got better for beauty business owners in Texas and Virginia! Thank you!
Comment by Kelly Bloom on March 2, 2010 at 8:49pm
I am here in Virginia to help as is needed, :)
Comment by maggie hanus on March 2, 2010 at 7:04pm
I can help in TX, it's a big state!

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