Birmingham, once called the “Pittsburgh of the South”, straddles two counties, Shelby and Jefferson Counties. The population in 2010 was 212,237 in the city and a whopping 1.13 million in the metro area. The elevation is 614 ft, and the location is at approximately 33.30 latitude, at the same latitude as Columbia SC, Phoenix AZ, and Los Angeles. Birmingham is in the Jones Valley, at the very southern end of the Appalachians. Once a major steel city, Birmingham’s industrial base has since diversified.
Despite the population, there are something like 7 acupuncturists in Birmingham, with no lower-cost alternatives. Yet the median household income in Birmingham is $26,435, 63% of the national median household income. Clearly there is a need for lower-cost acupuncture (even if 7 acupuncturists were enough to serve over a million people!).
You may have read Jessica Feltz’s blog https://www.pocacoop.com/prick-prod-provoke/post/poca-the-stroke-belt-and-a-little-bird about the need for more CA clinics in underserved areas. It’s one thing to be on board a CAP when there are other CAPs around. But to go out and be a missionary, an ambassador, working with people who heretofore had no experience with acupuncture, well that’s just nothing short of amazing.
So that’s the opportunity we’re offering. Go to work in Birmingham. Help lots of people who really need your help. We’ll provide the startup capital at a VERY modest interest, you decide everything else, as long as it’s POCAble*. If you’re interested in this (and it’s a REALLY good opportunity), email your business plan (see https://www.planware.org/freebusinessplan.htm for free business plan templates). POCA’S Finance Circle will go over the submissions and get back to you before POCAfest (May 4-6).
*yeah, I totally made that up. You must be a POCA member. Your clinic must be designed along the lines of the majority of POCA clinics, fit the LOC guidelines, and you must commit to running it as a CAP for the term of the loan. You will also need to volunteer hours to the POCA organization, but we promise it won’t hurt.