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!)
Husband and wife team Chloe York and Eric Quick bonded over their love of all things taxidermy, insect specimens and other eccentric collectibles Now, they’re spreading the oddity love at their metaphysical store and online as Mytho Menagerie— a virtual Woodlawn Street Market vendor.
REV caught up with Mindy Rohr to talk about what business owners can expect from the How to Use Instagram Like You own It workshop and why they embrace the social media network.
Tim Hightower says that applying for Birmingham’s Shared Spaces permit and building out an outdoor seating area has allowed The Lumbar to double capacity for less than $1,000.