CPSIA and New Lead Rules May Close Many Small Businesses in February 2009 Oxford Business Owner Rae Lynn Glispin of Kidz Comfort to Be Affected
Oxford, MA, January 20, 2009 – The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), unless amended quickly, may end the dreams of small business owners, like Oxford’s Rae Lynn Glispin, creator of the unique Bed Bumper for Big Kids sold online at www.kidzcomfort.com. Beginning February 10, 2009, all products “with small parts” intended to be sold to children under 12, including toys, furniture, apparel, and books must be certified as meeting strict lead standards. Since many small business owners cannot afford the costs associated with the new law, they will be forced out of business.
“This is an unfortunate circumstance for small business owners across
The Consumer Product Safety Commission took action in proposing CPSIA in response to reports of numerous imported goods that were subsequently recalled because of high lead levels. CPSIA, unless amended, contains several target lead levels for various products to be attained over a one-year period. The February 2009 target applies to the required third party accreditation of children’s products with “small parts.” All manufacturers of children’s products, including those who create new products from already-certified materials, are subject to the new law.
The CPSC lists several accredited laboratories that business owners must use for the testing of their products. Glispin contacted several in the
Glispin suggests that consumers who wish to learn more about CPSIA may visit http://cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html. For those wishing to express their concerns to their local politicians, Glispin proposes http://www.congress.org.
Rae Lynn Glispin of
Oxford Inventor to Present at Boston State House Event on April 16, 2008
Center for Women & Enterprise Recognizes Rae Lynn Glispin of Kidz Comfort
Oxford, MA, March 10, 2008 – Rae Lynn Glispin, creator of the My Doudou™ children’s bed bumpers sold online at www.kidzcomfort.com, is a featured guest at the annual State House Event to be held on April 16, 2008. Sponsored by the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), the event gives Massachusetts women entrepreneurs the opportunity to attend the speakers program, network, view CWE client displays, and talk with their local legislators about issues of importance to independent business owners in Massachusetts. Glispin is one of only twenty exhibitors chosen by CWE to present at this event, supported by the Caucus of Women Legislators and CWE. Over 150 CWE clients are expected to attend the April 16th event.
Glispin credits her entrepreneurial success to CWE and feels honored to represent them before her state legislators. “The Center has been instrumental to me throughout the entire process of starting an at-home business. I am thrilled to have the chance at this event to share what I’ve learned with other businesswomen and those who aspire to become small business owners. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss issues and laws with my local Congressmen.” Glispin resides in the 2nd Congressional District. Her local CWE branch is in Worcester, MA located in the 3rd Congressional District.
a nonprofit organization that empowers women to be economically
self-sufficient through entrepreneurship, uses this annual event to
display the business savvy and financial success of its clients. As a
longtime CWE client, Glispin received training in diverse areas
including the legal, financial, and marketing aspects of owning and
running a small business as a woman entrepreneur in Massachusetts.
Glispin is grateful to the knowledgeable and nurturing staff at CWE for
guiding her to own and operate an online business that features a
product that she created and designed herself. “CWE has equipped me
with the tools to expand my product line and develop my web business
such that I feel confident that I will achieve my financial goals in a
reasonable amount of time.”
The Webster Times, September 7, 2007
Oxford inventor markets safety product for sleeping children
by Patrick Skahill, Times Staff Writer
- Rae Lynn Glispin, stay-at-home mom and owner of upstart business
raelynn's creations, is hoping that "My Doudou," a unique children's
protective safety bed bumper, will catch on and help to launch her
business over the coming months...read more >>
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