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.
We’ve talked about sports, but downtown has so much more to offer! Downtown Birmingham has so many experiences in store for you, which can also turn into life-long memories. And lucky for you, we’ve created a tool to make all that exploring so much easier!
Ever host an event where you ordered way too much food and end up with more leftovers than you can even fathom? We’ve been there too – until we learned about Magic City Harvest! Magic City Harvest is an organization working towards ending food waste & hunger in the Magic City. They acquire perishable food from schools, wholesale food distributors, restaurants, caterers, churches, event venues and grocery stores to donate to 30 community partners on the frontlines feeding the city’s hungry neighbors.
We are approaching the finish line for the 20th Street Refresh, which calls for a celebration – and you’re invited! The City Center Business Improvement District (BID), funded by downtown property owners, is partnering with the City of Birmingham and REV Birmingham to celebrate a refreshed Birmingham Green. Come join the party on May 20th from 4 to 8 p.m (with a special celebration happening at 6 p.m.)!