Jacquelene and Angelo McHorse, owners of Bison Star Naturals, sought the funds to launch a line of liquid jojoba and yucca root soap to augment the bar soaps and lotions the business is known for.
“We also are expanding our line to include our unscented lotion,” Jacquelene said. “The funding allows us to release a new product line and expand our current offerings – which are great leaps for our small business.”
The NA VAF was launched in 2011 by the Regional Development Corporation and Los Alamos National Security LLC, the company that managed Los Alamos National Laboratory until November, 2018. At the time of LANL’s management transition, more than $390,000 had been invested in the regional economy through the NA VAF. Triad, LANL’s new manager, has vowed to retain most of the laboratory’s economic development initiatives – programs such as the NA VAF – although a spokesperson said some programs may look different going forward.