By Taylor Clark Jacobson
REV Birmingham Director of Business Recruitment & Growth
We are all leaders. Whether you’re the leader of a two-person retail shop or the CEO of a corporation, the Birmingham community needs you now.
Together, we are called upon for a common goal – to lead Birmingham toward resiliency. Entrepreneurs are convening their peers, leading conversations and sharing resources. Corporations are responding to the dire needs of our small business community. Non-profits are collaborating to lead relief efforts. Your organization, your team, your brand, your community call upon you to navigate these unprecedented times with compassion and grace.
Last week in a REV Small Biz Resiliency webinar, Leadership Rock Star Dave Gray of Biso Collective convened some of Birmingham’s brightest leaders, offering simple, yet powerful pieces of wisdom – including this little gem: People will remember how you behaved during this time. The compassion, empathy, integrity and selflessness will shine through.
As we inch toward reopening, I’m inspired by the compassionate and thoughtful leadership our small business owners are demonstrating in their plan. The wellbeing of people is reigning over profit to ensure employees and customers are safe. We see our small business community answering the leadership call to restart the economy from a safe, compassionate and selfless position. It’s showing us what we are made of as a community.
The REV BIZ team is working daily with entrepreneurs to develop and implement plans that will instill the consumer confidence needed to bring Birmingham back.
On Thursday, May 14 at 10 am in the next Small Biz Resiliency session, Communicating Reopening to Instill Consumer Confidence, Ally Clokey, Senior Strategist at BIG Communications will guide Birmingham’s leaders in reopening. Join us as together we sharpen our leadership toolkit.
Thank you for answering the call to lead Birmingham toward resiliency. Thank you for prioritizing leadership during this uncertain time. The REV team thanks you, the Birmingham community thanks you and your teams thank you.
Birmingham will be back, thanks to you.
REV has been engaged with our partners to ensure we are being as collaborative and clear as possible in messaging to our community the resources available to Birmingham entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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!
Have you been to Downtown Birmingham’s newest development located on 25th Street? If not, you need to head down there ASAP and check it out! This new single story development is a product of a collaboration between David Baker Architects (DBA) and Locke General Contractors, led by DBA’s very own Amanda Loper. It is intended to be a “collaborative commercial space in a catalyst development area of Birmingham.” Both DBA and Locke General Contractors will be tenants of the space, along with June Coffee Roasters, Zephyr Barber, and Last Call Baking Cooperative!
One of Birmingham’s many hidden treasures is the music scene downtown. The sheer volume of concert venues we have in downtown Birmingham is something most people aren’t even aware of – but it really is remarkable! There is truly something for everyone, whether you’re into the smaller, more intimate venues or the large-scale venues for those big name artists. Keep reading to check out some of the cool venues downtown Birmingham has to offer.