PERC grant to help acupuncture business improve operations

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The Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corp. has awarded a $5,000 Technical Assistance Grant to Shire Acupuncture LLC of Pittsfield to support computer and software purchases to manage medical records and appointments. Shire also will receive assistance for professional guidance and services of a technical nature, such as financial, architectural, legal, engineering, or specialized business planning.

"The purpose of the technical assistance grant program is to not only provide monetary support but to help small businesses expand, grow, improve their operations and create jobs. This program provides tremendous opportunity to strengthen and revitalize our community," said J. Jay Anderson, president of PERC. The program is targeted at businesses with 20 or fewer employees.

Shire Acupuncture, a full-service acupuncture clinic, will provide natural and effective healing modalities. Owned and operated by Kacey Boos, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, the business will offer a variety of treatments, consisting of acupuncture and adjunctive therapies along with herbal and nutritional consultations. Boos plans on opening this month.

"The creation of Shire Acupuncture could not have happened without the enormous help from City Hall, especially PERC staff. I am forever grateful for this generosity," Boos said.

She added: "Helping people feel better has always been my greatest passion in life. For me, the best part about starting my clinic is that I get the opportunity to help people feel better right here in my own backyard, in the beautiful Berkshires."

Shire Acupuncture is located on the second floor of 55 North St. in Pittsfield, the home of the Beacon Cinema, and will be part of the transformation to a health and wellness center.

PERC's primary purpose is to further the economic development and social welfare of the city of Pittsfield and Berkshire County to increase employment opportunities and facilitate growth and development of small businesses. PERC offers assistance programs to entrepreneurs locating or expanding businesses in Pittsfield and Berkshire County. Each program has project eligibility requirements ,and most require a job-creation commitment.

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