Bizline: Health Initiatives
April 20, 2009
Q: What type of business do you operate – what do you sell, or what service do you provide?
A: I distribute Shaklee products for Shaklee Corporation. For 50 years, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium quality, natural nutrition, and personal care products, state-of-the-art air and water treatment systems and environmentally friendly household products.
I provide consultation and resources around prevention of disease, nutrition and supplementation and solutions to using healthy, natural cleaning products to protect families and pets and have a positive impact on our earth.
Q: Where are you from, and why did you decide to open your business in Summit County?
I am a native of Denver, Colorado and have lived in Summit County for 12 years. Launching my home-based business, Health Initiatives, was a natural transition supported by many years of working in Summit County and the state of Colorado.
Q: What experience do you have in this field?
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A: I have worked for the Colorado Department of Health and Environment in Tobacco Prevention for the last nine years. Supported by many community partners, we passed local and state ordinances around smoke-free indoor air and worked to bring tobacco cessation into the realm for many tobacco users. The scientific community supports numerous studies around toxicity and chemicals in tobacco products, as well as cleaning products, nutritional supplements, skin care products and clean water and air. I will continue to research and choose quality products that are introduced into my home environment and the bodies of my family.
Q: What sets your business apart from other similar businesses?
A: My decision to build my home-based Health Initiatives business around Shaklee Corporation is guided by their philosophy to invest in our fragile earth and create products with the highest ingredient standards in the industry and continually seek out the latest advances in technology with many patents and patents pending. I have such confidence and trust in the fifty-four year history of this company.
Q: What types of customers do you hope to reach in Summit County?
A: Shaklee products are for everyone. Healthier choices for our homes, our bodies and the earth are on the minds of just about everyone in Summit County. Whether it is safer ingredients in household cleaners, air purification or pure water alternatives, preventing disease or eliminating health conditions, we all want to discover products that are non-toxic, economical, powerful and significantly improve our quality of life. In light of recent concerns about chemicals, fumes and toxicity found in most common household cleaning products, it is important to provide a safe, non-toxic alternative. Shaklee’s “Get Clean” solutions are super-concentrated, which means they will save a family $2000-$3000 a year, reduce packaging waste in our landfills and are biodegradable.
Q: Why did you choose to open where you did?
A: The Summit County community has high standards for being stewards of our land and our bodies. I can’t imagine another place to be in the health and wellness business. If we continue to invest in these things, we will improve and thrive for many years to come and live in harmony with nature.
Q: What are your plans for your company’s future?
A: I have two primary goals. Earth Day is April 22. Shaklee’s environmental heritage is noteworthy and an integral part of my commitment to this company. In fact, in 1990, Shaklee’s non-toxic and biodegradable Basic H, the decades-old multi-purpose cleaner, was chosen as the first Earth Day product. To honor my commitment to Earth Day, my goal is to reach out and introduce Shaklee “Get Clean” products to 50 Summit County homes by the end of this year. This will translate into healthier homes, healthier children and pets, less packaging waste and fewer greenhouse gas emissions for our planet, so that we can walk more gently on this earth.
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