Have you been dreaming of starting your own business in Birmingham? Good news! The startup scene in the Magic City is booming – and 2018 the perfect time to take advantage of the momentum and take your business to the next level. Let’s set some goals, make a plan and get to it.
Need some help getting started? REV Birmingham’s got your back.
Our mission: To create vibrant commercial districts by filling vacant spaces and growing sustainable businesses. Birmingham’s small businesses are a big part of the city’s personality, and we aim to keep even more startups starting up as we all work toward an even more vibrant Birmingham.
If you’re ready to be one of those small businesses, take a look at the ways REV can help you take action in 2018.
- REV’s Biz 1.0: Startup Essentials 3rd Friday of each month | 8-11:30 a.m.
If you’re just getting started, this one’s for you! Our team will guide you through 11 core concepts like Knowing Your Customer, Discovering Your Brand, and Financial Intelligence. We’ll help you refine your business concept for success, or move on to another concept before you sink your money into a flawed idea. Register for BIZ 1.0!
A more in-depth extension of our BIZ 1.0 Workshop Series, this 10-week program equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. Through this partnership between Create Birmingham and REV, we have seen 63% of graduates operating their business within a year of graduation, with more successes to come. Register for the next cohort!
- One-on-one coaching
From helping with your business plan and financial projections to marketing strategy, REV’s team can help you tackle issues small business owners often face. If you’ve got a problem, or even if you just see room for improvement, talk it through with a REV business coach. (There’s no charge for this service!)
- REVeal Kitchen accepting applications for June 2018
If you’re interested in putting your culinary concept on the fast track, apply for a 6-month lease in REVeal Kitchen at The Pizitz Food Hall! We know getting started is capital intensive. REVeal offers a high-traffic and well-equipped stall with reasonable rent to get you going. This is your chance to prove your restaurant concept, build a customer base and leverage technical assistance for success. Applications are rolling, but are due by January 31 for consideration for Summer 2018.
- Woodlawn Street Market 2018: April 7 | June 9 | Aug. 11 | Oct. 13 | Dec. 2
Woodlawn Street Market is an urban marketplace that provides a revenue-generating opportunity and safe environment for local entrepreneurs to test and tweak their products. 2018 applications are open now! Plus – like the WSM Facebook Page for updates.
- The Big Pitch coming November 2018
You may know our awesome 2017 Big Pitch, Presented by PNC, winners – Rod and Brianna Cowans of Third Street Market and Kate Hardy of Square One Goods. Think you’ve got what it takes to win a big chunk of capital in our annual business pitching competition? Watch for the 2018 call for applications at bigpitchbham.com! (And if you answered no – go back to bullets 1 and 2; you can get there!)
If you’ve been following REV for a while, you probably remember The Big Pitch Competitions we used to hold back in the day. The Big Pitch presented by PNC was essentially our own little version of Shark Tank. And a lot of your favorite local businesses that participated in this competition now have active retail storefronts that you can go check out. Let’s start with some of our finalists that are based in the City of Birmingham and see what they’ve been up to!
We’re so excited to welcome yet another new business to the Woodlawn Community! Thrive Wellness Lounge is a plant-based health and wellness store in the heart of Woodlawn owned by Tish Fletcher (a veteran Woodlawn Street Market vendor – whoop whoop)! You can swing by and check out Woodlawn’s newest addition on Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. It’s always a good time to support a female, black-owned local business! We talked to Tish a little bit more about her journey to opening her very own brick and mortar store. Keep reading to learn more!
It’s our favorite time of the month again – Woodlawn Street Market time! Woohoo! This month’s market will be held on August 13, 2022, from 5-9 p.m. and it’s a night market – because we all know how bad that Alabama heat can get! Keep reading to check out the vendors that will be featured at this month’s market.