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.
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.
Preparing to Borrow | Session 3: Applying for a Loan
Thursday, April 9 | 1 – 2 p.m.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Tiffany Martin, Ignite Cycle
Luan Nguyen, Wheelhouse Academy
- Lemar Storey, Life Touch Massage
Video link coming soon!
By Katherine Zobre Alabama Small Business Development Center Network Katherine.email@example.com | 201-503-5927
Even despite a pandemic, things are working out for Lemar Storey’s Life Touch Massage.
Two weeks self-quarantined as REV’s resident germophobe, and I’m learning from the entrepreneurial spirit of this comeback city we all proudly call home.