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    There’s a local family-run business that’s in the running to score $20,000 in grants for their booming business. Read on to learn more about this organically-grown beauty business and why it’s poised to earn so much green.

    Grace Green Beauty is in the running to win $20,000 in grants for ArtWorks' Big Pitch competition.
    Grace Green Beauty is in the running to win $20,000 in grants for ArtWorks’ Big Pitch competition.

    For Tempal Grace Hitt, Grace Green Beauty, is more than a business. To her, it’s a way of living.

    “We believe in showing Grace to the world we live in. From the products we create to the ways in which we give back,” says Hitt of her business, in which her husband and three kids are also heavily involved. “We commit to creating an empire of honesty, priding ourselves on producing nutrient rich, whole-being, and beauty products from the finest and most responsibly sourced organic ingredients.”

    “Our mission, vision, process, and plan exists to make a difference while generating revenue that supports our ever growing business,” adds Hitt. “It is our goal to continue our product development, reach new people, and expand our whole being, beauty, and wellness line into a service offered at participating salons and spas.”

    In the short time that Grace Green Beauty launched, Hitt has landed herself a mentorship with ArtWorks and secured a spot for ArtWorks’ Big Pitch competition.

    Grace Green Beauty is a family run business that sells products they make themselves.
    Grace Green Beauty is a family run business that sells products they make themselves.

    Hitt has since worked with Joshua Gilbert, a business banker from US Bank, and Emily Merkle, a CPA from Blue and Company. Now, she says she’s ready to compete against other local entrepreneurs for up to $20,000 in Big Pitch grant money.

    “I have crunched my numbers and this grant money will stretch quite a long way for our small business,” says Hitt. “The Big Pitch money will be a game changer for us and allow for us to do multiple things.”

    Hitt says if she is able to win the Big Pitch competition, she will upgrade her equipment to help expand production. They’ll also create compelling and targeted marketing campaigns to help educate her audience and she will launch GraceFacial, an actual spa service that will be added to the menus at participating salons and spas in Cincinnati.

    “GraceFacial will show the world the first ever truly holistic facial system eliminating the endless concerns for unhealthy and diluted skin care through a remarkable holistic experience,” says Hitt. “And last but not least, the revenue growth from this grant will continue the support of our ever growing outreach programs GraceGives and GraceGrown.”

    While the competition can be nerve-wracking, Hitt says that she is beyond excited for the opportunity to compete. “It feel like it is time,” she says. “Grace Green beauty has been an organic movement. We have grown from word of mouth with zero marketing, advertising, or business loans.”

    Tempal Grace Hitt of Grace Green Beauty.
    Tempal Grace Hitt of Grace Green Beauty.

    Hitt adds that one year after leaving her job as a hairstylist to pursue Grace Green Beauty full force, she is still 100 percent committed and ready to show the world what Grace Green Beauty is and can be. “The grant money is my gateway to get started,” she says. “I also hope to meet potential investors and possible entertain a partnership if it was the right fit.”

    Hitt will have five minutes to present her final business plan at the Big Pitch competition on October 6 at Rhinegeist Brewery. A total of $15,000 will be awarded by a panel of judges and an additional $5,000 is up for grabs through an audience vote that will be held that evening.

    “I hope that all those who have been touched by Grace Green Beauty at some point or who believe in the future of natural skin products will be able to attend the event at Rhinegeist October 6 and vote for my Big Idea,” she says. “This is my big moment to change the way people treat their skin and make my mark on how people experience beauty. I have never been more excited.”

    To learn more about Grace Green Beauty, visit https://gracegreenbeauty.com/. To learn more about ArtWorks’ Big Pitch, or get tickets to the upcoming event, visit www.ArtWorksCincinnati.org/BigPitch.

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    When this cosmetologist became a mom, she wanted to use only the best, all-natural products on her baby’s skin. That proved to be quite a difficult task, so she began making her own. Read on for all the details.

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    Tempal Grace Hitt, Founder of Grace Green Beauty

    Tempal Grace Hitt is a self-proclaimed Chief Honest Stuff Maker. Trained as a cosmetologist, she’s the founder of Grace Green Beauty, a line of naturally-made beauty products that are sold locally and online.

    Hitt says that she first became interested in the effect of beauty products on our hair and skin during her childhood, beauty products that she was around everyday because her parents were both stylists.

    “Then, when my first child was born, my passion peaked,” she explains. “I wanted to ensure that anything that came into contact with my baby’s skin was not only harmless, but beneficial.”

    She adds that there was no amount of money that could buy the level of natural goodness she wanted for her son. “ShinyHiney baby wipes were quickly born, followed by BodyFood moisturizer,” Hitt says. “I had found a way to eliminate my son’s skin afflictions and honor the planet at the same time by using what Mother Nature has naturally given us.”

    Before long, Hitt had 13 more products that were developed and she was running her own business, which was developed in part with her mentor, Frederich Holzberger, who worked side-by-side with Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher, a pioneer in developing plant-based products without toxic chemicals.

    As Hitt’s team and business continue to grow, her family has become more involved. Her husband is her biggest supporter and her three children even join in on the fun and help with packaging and recycling. “Our commitment to staying green means we use recyclable containers for all of our products,” says Hitt.

    Grace Green Beauty currently offers 15 different products, all designed to feed the body’s largest organ–the skin. “I personally make them in small batches from the very best certified organic, cold-pressed oils and raw/unrefined butters,” Hitt explains.

    She says that she doesn’t use parabens, petro-chemicals, phthalates, sulfates, artificial preservatives, artificial dyes, synthetic fragrance or animal testing in any of her products.

    InkDrink tattoo care has gained in popularity because it is one of the few products on the market that can soothe the pain of a tattoo while keeping the skin soft and maintaining the tattoo’s color. BodyFood moisturizer feeds the skin and is perfect for people of all ages–including infants. Around this time of year is when Hitt sees a rise in demand for the BuzzOff Natural Bug Repellant. Pitclay is a natural deodorant and TheSerum treats damaged, scarred and aging skin. CLEAN Oil cleanser is a deep cleaning product that unclogs pores and combats oil while PEACEful Face Nourishment works for various skin types. There are also several baby products available from Grace Green Beauty including ShinyHiney baby wipe solution.

    The products from Grace Green Beauty are affordable while maintaining a high-quality. Everything Chapped (chapstick) is $3.99 while the InkDrink for tattoos is $16, although Hitt says it will last a while. The BuzzOff Natural Bug Repellant is priced at $14. Hitt says that customers can get real value with the Grace Boxes.

    Hitt develops her ideas for new products based on needs she sees on a daily basis. Currently, she’s preparing to release two new facial exfoliants: one is a self-activated facial exfoliant while the other is already in mud form and ready to use. “Both exfoliants feature red sandalwood powder, a natural complexion brightener,” explains Hitt.

    She adds that she’s also working on sunscreen, multiple facial toners and expanding her oil cleanser to two other cleansers.

    To learn more about Grace Green Beauty, visit www.gracegreenbeauty.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine.

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