1) Emailed Joe Pitts, my PA Congressman
2) Emailed John Kerry - my small biz advisor suggested I ask him about effects on small businesses
3) Read more info on CPSIA - good source for info is Fashion-Incubator site
4) Emailed links and info to my small biz advisor at the Kutztown Small Business Development Center.
5) Talked to a neighbor that is also a WAHM and makes kids products.
6) Called a CPSC approved testing company here in PA. More on that conversation below. Find one in your area at the CPSC site here.
7) Ok, I haven't done this yet, but I will after I get some orders out and make some money, I'm going to contact my local paper.
So, more on my conversation with my new friend at the testing company. First off, even the testing companies aren't totally clear on what the act requires and are working their way thru this as well. Apparently, we should all be going to get a job at a testing company or open up a new one! Since my products do use paint, he says they'll need to get tested. Yes, even if the manufacturer of the inks has already had them tested and certified. Now the fun question - how much will that cost Comfy Cozy,inc? It seems that EVERY color ink will have to be tested. Now, that may not sound so bad, until you add up all the different colors of inks I use in my designs - there's around 60! OK, so I like to change things up, use different shades. Get ready folks because the Comfy Cozy line of glow in the dark pillowcases is going to be down to 6 colors! Cost of testing - PER COLOR - between $60-90! I'm going to need to sell alot of personalized pillowcases, toddler pillows and keepsake calendars to come up with the $5000 tab on the testing.
OK, now take a deep breath everyone. I'm not panicking and am not going to overreact to this. I have between February and August to get this done. My contact thinks that the CPSC will have to revise this act to let companies do spot testing instead of every color, so long as all the paints are the "same". Now, he isn't saying the will, just due to all the hubabaloo going on, like most of us, he foresees changes coming down the pike.
For now, I'm going back to doing "my job" and selling some glow in the dark pillowcases, toddler pillows and keepsake calendars. Stay tuned, superwahmz will stay on top of this issue.