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Billie Jo Grassinger-Bell, Tampa Bay Natural Health

Posted By Ester Venouziou, Tuesday, April 10, 2012

When you meet Billie Jo Grassinger-Bell, the first thing you'll notice will probably be her laugh. It's boisterous and spontaneous, heartfelt and contagious. It's one of the best laughs around. 
Next thing you'll notice about Billie Jo is that her laugh is the perfect complement to her personality: fun, genuine, caring.
And that explains why Billie Jo, 42, started her company, Tampa Bay Natural Health: She wanted to help people live better lives. And that caring passion continues today. We asked her what she'd do if we gave her $5,000 Her response: Buy products to give to people who need it most.
In addition to running her own business, she helps Rob, her husband of four months, with the marketing of his, Bell Contracting and Design, a full-service commercial and residential contracting company; and spends time with his two children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren! The couple lives in Seminole.

When & how did you start your business?
I do not like taking medications. I see so many side effects to prescription drugs and it really scares me. My aunt had very high cholesterol many years ago and I found a company with a natural solution. I checked into the company (which at the time was Rexall International) and they had an amazing product called BiosLife that reduced LDL cholesterol, increased HDL and lowered the total cholesterol. I found a local distributor and 18 years ago I joined Rexall Showcase International.
Since then, the company has merged with another company and is now called Unicity International. At the time, the company had about 10 products and now we have over 200 products, 11 of them are listed in the Physician's Desk Reference.  
I think if there are natural solutions that do not have horrible side effects, they need to be shared with everyone - and that is what I am here to do! I love helping people make life better!
When and what was your last corporate job?
I managed the reservations department at the Holiday Inn Surfside for four  years back in the '90s. Those were the days!
Your proudest achievements, one each for personal and business:
  • Personal: Graduating from St. Petersburg College as the "Most Outstanding Student of the Year."
  • Business: In 2004, when I was a sales rep for the an adult home party company. I was awarded with Top Sales for the Year as well as Top Recruiter for the Year.

If someone gave you $5,000 to spend on your business, how would you spend it?
I would purchase $4,000 worth of product and use it to give to people with high cholesterol and heart disease to show them that preventative medicine without side effects is so much better than prescription medication with horrible side effects. The other $1,000 would be spent promoting the free supplies. I truly want to help people and show them that there is an alternative solution.

Anything else you want the world to know about you?
I am an open book.

More about Billie Jo and her business!
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