Rep. Po­lis vis­its startup with some skin in game

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Craig Young

LOVE­LAND» U.S. Rep. Jared Po­lis stopped in Love­land on Tues­day to talk shop with the founders of a nat­u­ral skin-care com­pany on a day that he was high­light­ing startup busi­nesses.

The 2nd Con­gres­sional Dis­trict’s Demo­cratic con­gress­man toured sev­eral small north­ern Colorado com­pa­nies as part of Startup Day Across Amer­ica, which he launched four years ago with Rep. Dar­rell Issa, R-Calif. The two founded the Con­gres­sional Cau­cus on In­no­va­tion and En­trepreneur­ship.

In a con­verted garage be­hind the down­town Love­land home of one of the founders of Herbal Heart Apothe­cary, Po­lis looked over the raw herbs and the ma­chin­ery the three women use to cre­ate their skin-care prod­ucts.

“On this day, we cel­e­brate star­tups like Herbal Heart be­cause to­mor­row’s great com­pa­nies are to­day’s star­tups,” he said.

“That’s re­ally the spirit of Amer­i­can en­trepreneur­ship. At the same time, we seek to ed­u­cate pol­i­cy­mak­ers about any bar­ri­ers to their growth.”

The three launched their com­pany two years ago and sell their prod­ucts on­line and at spas and gift shops.

Start­ing with for­mu­la­tions de­vel­oped by a lo­cal herbal­ist over the past 20 years, they cre­ate in­fu­sions us­ing some herbs grown in their own gar­dens but mostly from cer­ti­fied or­ganic sup­pli­ers across the coun­try, they said.

Jenny Sparks, Love­land Re­porter-Her­ald

Sarahkate Gree­ley, left, and Sierra Gold­stein, two of the three founders and own­ers of Herbal Heart Apothe­cary, show off some of their prod­ucts to U.S. Rep. Jared Po­lis, who was vis­it­ing the small business in Love­land on Tues­day.

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