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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

An Update from HSMG DC Advocate, Mary Anne Walsh

Information provided by the Handcrafted SoapMakers Guild......

Handcrafted Soap Leaving an Impression on Congress

Feleciai Favroth, Congresswoman Sewell (AL), HSMG President Leigh O'Donnell

The products made by members of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild (HSMG) produce are getting congressional attention, and the attention is very positive.

During our recent visits with Members of Congress and their staffs in February and March, we focused our message on the quality of the products HSMG members make and the contribution these businesses make to communities. We also passed along samples of soaps made by HSMG members so congressional leaders and their staffs could see for themselves the high quality, professional and beautiful products.

In the days and weeks following those meetings, the soap products continue to produce encouraging feedback, which in turn, expands support for the handcrafted soapmaking industry. In one three day period alone (March 15-17), four Members of Congress sought out Mary Anne to comment on how they, their spouse or their staff loved the soap. In another instance, Mary Anne attended a function with a Representative who hadn't met with the HSMG. However, she had HEARD about the "wonderful" natural handcrafted soap from a colleague and asked that the next time the HSMG comes to Washington she wanted to be on the list for a meeting.

As you can see, HSMG's efforts and advocacy in Washington are reaching our intended and growing congressional audience. As we continue to advocate on behalf of the industry our message remains the same: Handcrafted soapmakers are deeply committed to safe, high quality products and that any legislation that adversely affects this industry is unnecessary, burdensome and will jeopardize the very products that so many consumers want and enjoy...even Members of Congress and their staffs.

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