Birmingham’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is collaborating to rapidly create and implement programs to support small businesses like yours that are the fabric of a vibrant economy. Together, we are triaging what feels like a tragedy for many but which will ultimately make us stronger.

We can’t walk in your shoes, but REV’s Business Growth team can— and will —walk with you. As your business coaches, we encourage you to use this time wisely, to analyze your business model, to diversify your revenue streams, to solidify your financial foundation.  

We’ve put together a calendar of virtual programming to support you during this time of disaster recovery.

Register for each session individually


Preparing to Borrow | Session 1: Assessing Your Needs

Tuesday, April 7 | 1 – 2 p.m.

Session 1 of a 3-part Virtual Workshop Series Presented by REV, Urban Impact, Sabre, and Operation Hope

Our small business community is navigating unprecedented times in the face of Covid-19. As federal, state and local resources are made available to small businesses to help rebound for this disaster, it can hard to know where to begin – particularly if you’ve never borrowed money to sustain or grow your business. These quick, one-hour sessions are intended to boost the understanding of the commercial loan process and requirements.

To figure out how to get someplace you first need to know where you are. In Session 1, together we’ll determine where you are now and identify the milestones needed to reach your goals. We will address the terminology used within the lending space, the basic financial recordkeeping required when borrowing money, and offer an introduction to the team of experts, coaches and cheerleaders you’ll need on your team now and in the future.


Preparing to Borrow | Session 2: Understanding Commercial Loans

Wednesday, April 8 | 1 – 2 p.m.

Session 2 of a 3-part Virtual Workshop Series Presented by ASBDC
Obtaining capital is a key component to business growth and the commercial process is a different that personal borrowing. In Session 2, you’ll gain an understanding of how the commercial lending process works, what lending products are available during Covid-19 and beyond. You’ll come away from this session with a framework for determining which lenders and products are right for you.


Preparing to Borrow | Session 3: Applying for a Loan

Thursday, April 9 | 1 – 2 p.m.

Session 3 of a 3-part Virtual Workshop Series Presented by TruFund and Liftfund
As with much in life, preparation is key to success. This session equips you with the required documentation to apply for a commercial loan including SBA products like the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program. You’ll receive guidance in lender communications and a better understanding of the application process and timeline.



Managing Your Small Business in Times of Disaster

Thursday, March 26 | 4-5:30 p.m. 

In Partnership with Alabama SBDC’s Katherine Zobre and Operation Hope 

Using the framework Alabama Small Business Development Center’s Disaster Recovery Toolkit we will explore 10 actions you can take to improve your cash position during a time of disaster like Covid-19. A panel discussion and Q & A with REV’s Director of Business Growth Taylor Clark Jacobson, Katherine Zobre of SBDC and Damian Carson of Operation Hope will follow the presentation.  

We’ll add a link to the recap video soon!

Navigating Your Commercial Lease in a Disaster 

Friday, March 27 | 9-10 a.m.

Led by Elizabeth Barbaree-Tasker, REV’s Chief Operating & Finance Officer 

In this facilitated discussion, you’ll gain perspective from property owners, brokers and small businesses about how Covid-19 is impacting their leases, lending and the future of businesses and properties. In this session you’ll gain a better understanding of how tenant and property owner relationships can be navigated during a time of economic strain.  

Panelists include: 

  • Kaitlyn Bentley, True 40 
  • John Boone, Orchestra Partners 
  • Casey Howard, Harbert Realty 


Pivoting Your Model: Product Diversification and Distribution During Disaster

Tuesday, March 31 | 11 a.m. – noon 

Led by Taylor Clark Jacobson, REV’s Director of Business Growth and Recruitment 

Major economic shifts like we’re currently experiencing force entrepreneurs – large and small – to pivot their model, products and revenue streams as well as the distribution channels. In this panel discussion followed by Q &A, we’ll explore how brands we know and love have strategically approached the challenge of product diversification and distribution. 

Panelists include: 

  • Zebbie Carney, Eugene’s Hot Chicken  
  • Ace Graham, Alchemy 213
  • Nathan Pocus, Domestique Coffee


Roadmap to Resiliency: Business Planning for Our New Reality 

Wednesday, April 1 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Led by Pathway Lending 

Your business plans must adjust to our new reality, and so must our business planning course offerings. Join our friends at Pathway Lending to build your Resiliency Toolkit for the coming weeks and months. Together, we will think through how you can move your business forward despite the unknowns, disruptions and quickly changing circumstances. 

Webinar Video

Retaining Your Business: Maximizing Your Customer Relationships During Disaster

Thursday, April 2 | 9-10 a.m. 

Led by Taylor Clark, REV’s Director of Business Growth & Recruitment 

Moderated By: Trevor Newberry, Newberry Consulting (and former GM of Urban Standard) 

As social distancing mandates closures, not all models lend themselves to a clear e-commerce pivot. In this panel discussion, we’ll explore how to remain engaged, top of mind and relevant with your current customer base while acquiring new ones.  

Panelists include:

  • Tiffany Martin, Ignite Cycle
  • Luan Nguyen, Wheelhouse Academy
  • Lemar Storey, Life Touch Massage

Video link coming soon!

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