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March Aviatra of the Month: Maria Walkup & Laura McCarthy, LAMA Herbal Solutions



After starting their journey with CBD in 2019, Maria Walkup and Laura McCarthy discovered that the majority of CBD products on the market were either not tested, not properly labeled, or of low quality. They became concerned that many consumers were unaware of what they were buying—and that’s when they came up with the idea for their business, LAMA Herbal Solutions.


LAMA Herbal Solutions is a local, women-owned, veteran-owned small business here in Cincinnati offering quality CBD oils, gummies, topicals, soft gels, and more. With wellness, quality, and trust as top priorities, they consistently research the industry for the best suppliers and products to improve the lives of their customers.


In October 2019, Laura completed the Aviatra EXPLORE® Program. The knowledge, insight, and confidence she gained through our program were invaluable and helped her learn what it would take to start and operate a business from the ground up.


Now, LAMA Herbal Solutions has two brick-and-mortar stores and an online store and was recently selected for a six-month pilot program with College Hill Urban Redevelopment Corporation.


Maria and Laura say they definitely would not be where they are today without the expertise, guidance, and support of Aviatra. We are so proud of Maria and Laura and can’t wait to see what they do next!

“Aviatra was instrumental in the launch of our company, LAMA Herbal Solutions. We were given targeted expertise and the tools we needed to successfully turn our business idea into a reality. The ongoing support that follows after graduating from the EXPLORE® program has been phenomenal. You can reach out to anyone at Aviatra and they are willing to help in any way possible. We would recommend Aviatra to any woman who has an idea that they want to turn into a business or a business they want to grow.” Maria Walkup & Laura McCarthy, LAMA Herbal Solutions

Click here to make a donation in honor of Maria & Laura.

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