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Location: Morgan County
The venerable art of homeopathic health care has grown into a modern global business in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

Washington Homeopathic Products sells a complete line of homeopathic products for people and pets. The company focuses on bulk manufacturing and selling to retail stores and private labels. About half of the nearly $3 million business comes through the company's Web site, said owners Joe and Linda Lillard.

The company received the Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry in 2007 and was named 2007 West Virginia Exporter of the Year by the Small Business Administration. Washington Homeopathic Products exports to more than 40 destinations around the world, including Australia, Belgium, Chile, Hong Kong, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

"About 96 percent of businesses in West Virginia are small, like Washington Homeopathic Products," said Gov. Joe Manchin. "Small businesses play a vital role in West Virginia's economy. Washington Homeopathic Products is a prime example of a small business achieving global success."

In 1991, the Lillards bought Washington Homeopathic Pharmacy, a company founded in Washington, D.C. in 1873. In 2004, they closed the pharmacy and moved all of their operations to Berkeley Springs, W.Va. The business has been growing approximately 20 percent a year.

In 2006, to allow the company to expand, construction was completed on a 12,500-square-foot facility in the Morgan County Business Park, located on Rt. 522S, about 13 miles south of Berkeley Springs.

The practice of homeopathy originated in Germany during the early 1800s as an alternative medical system.

"At the core of the system is the idea that like cures like, or that a small dose of a similar matter may stimulate healing," explained Joe Lillard. "Homeopathic medicine uses diluted solutions of natural substances to match the symptoms of illness. The idea is to stimulate the body's natural healing process."

Many people confuse homeopathic remedies with herbal medicine. "Homeopathy does use more than 600 plants," Lillard explained, "but we also use substances from minerals and animals."