#BhamNeedsYou to support local businesses
To rebound from the impacts of COVID-19, Birmingham needs small businesses to survive and thrive, Birmingham needs customers to safely shop and support businesses, and #BhamNeedsYou to rally around recovery efforts.
Play The Great Receipt Race!
August 1 – August 31
It’s a race to ring local registers! Throughout August, submit proof of your local purchases to play The Great Receipt Race Presented by Bham Now. Each receipt submitted is a chance to win weekly prize packages full of local goodies.
It’s easy to play!
Text RACE to 267-TEXTREV
You’ll automatically receive easy instructions to start sharing proof of your local purchases for chances to win gift cards and items from your favorite Birmingham businesses.
- Every receipt submitted = a chance to win that week’s prize package
- Prizes awarded weekly from August 1 to August 31
- Follow @revbham on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for prize updates
For the Great Receipt Race, a “local business” is within the city of Birmingham with 3 or fewer total locations. See the full rules ↓
Let’s be honest, Birmingham has a lot of cool shops. So much so that choosing an item on first visit might be a bit overwhelming. That’s why REV ask several small business owners about their top-selling items and what they like about them. Here’s what they had to say:
Black Business Fridays: 3 businesses in the 4th Ave business district to support during The Great Receipt Race
Every Friday in August, REV and Urban Impact Inc. will highlight a few of these businesses in honor of National Black Business Month as a part of Black Business Friday.
Celebrate Black Business Month by supporting Black entrepreneurs' contribution to Birmingham's vibrancy
By Elijah Davis Strategic Growth Manager Urban Impact Birmingham
How else does #BhamNeedYou?
- Shop locally, proudly
Birmingham has so many amazing businesses that make this city feel authentic—like an experience that you couldn’t get in just any other city. The survival of those businesses depends on your dollars! And, of course, don’t forget to text your receipts to play the Great Receipt Race!
- Spread the love for local on social media
Share photos of your supporting–local adventures, encourage your friends to shop local too, leave positive online reviews for your favorite businesses, and generally be a yaysayer for Birmingham (#YayBham)!
This one's for the business owners!
Do you own or manage a non-chain business within the city of Birmingham (with 3 total locations or fewer)? Know that with the Great Receipt Race and our storytelling efforts, we are actively looking for ways to promote you through REV’s communications channels—but you can take action to help multiply the impact!
How you can get involved:
- Promote the Great Receipt Race Presented by Bham Now on your own social media channels. The toolkit below has files for materials you can self-print, as well as social media graphics. #BhamNeedsYou to survive and thrive, and we hope this incentive helps!
- Donate gift cards and/or products for Great Receipt Race giveaways. It keeps your customers engaged and gives us extra opportunities to talk about your business through our channels!
Ready to get started? Contact Rob Buddo at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how you can become more involved in this effort!
REV creates vibrant commercial districts.
What does that mean in the COVID-19 era? It means Birmingham needs a vibrancy advocate more than ever. REV is working on promotion (like The Great Receipt Race!), place-making and programming for small businesses to help Birmingham be a vibrant place where everyone can realize their dreams.
From August 1-31, we’re running the Great Receipt Race Presented by Bham Now to incentivize supporting local businesses. Shop local and win prizes—what’s easier than that?
An Open Streets initiative by REV and Orchestra Partners, Parkside Trail provided a safe and socially distant way for downtown dwellers to enjoy more space as they exercised along 1st Avenue South throughout May.
We’re working with the City of Birmingham, property owners and restauranteurs to make it easier for them to expand outdoor seating and curbside pick-up experiences to allow them to serve more people safely. As always, CAP Ambassadors continue to patrol the city center, keeping it clean and safe for your enjoyment!
Remember our Upswing project on 2nd Avenue North last fall? This year, we’re going expand the impact around the corner, with an awesome alley redesign.
REV’s BIZ team also continues, of course, to offer free one-on-one coaching to support the resiliency of business owners.