The People’s Choice
Dr. Anna Peoples wants to solve a problem in her community: the high prevalence of diabetes in the Norfolk area. She is opening Peoples Pharmacy and Diabetic Clinic as a conventional/holistic approach to the disease, and Peoples Pharmacy will be providing services to the entire Hampton Roads area. “Here you can find a one-stop service,” says Peoples. “You eliminate the need for the patient to go to several locations.” At Peoples Pharmacy, a patient can see her physician, have lab work done, and fill a prescription if she chooses.
The business has yet to open its doors to the public, but the Pharmacy has already won the first large ($100,000+) Southeastern Virginia Contracting Institute (SEVA CI) Members Award from the City of Virginia Beach. That means that the city is Dr. Peoples’ primary customer, and she plans to open another pharmacy in Virginia Beach within the next year.
Dr. Peoples credits the Hampton Roads SBDC with helping her win the award. She first went to the Hampton Roads SBDC in Hampton Roads for help with a business plan. From there, she was referred to the SBDC office in Norfolk, where she finished the plan and received help writing a proposal for the Virginia Beach award. “The SBDC has very outstanding people,” says Peoples. “They are a very good resource. I can’t say enough good things about them.”
It won’t be long before Peoples’ customers are saying the same thing about her clinic and pharmacy, which fills a real community need. The business is in a multipurpose building with a full-service pharmacy and employs four people, including Dr. Peoples. With plans to expand in the future—including bidding for business in the City of Norfolk—Peoples Pharmacy is sure to bring good health to the region. “We like to believe this is where people come to get healthy and stay healthy,” concludes Peoples.