Many business owners fail to start simply because they lack funds. Now for CO.STARTERS alumni, three new financial opportunities exist to help overcome the challenge.
Thanks to the efforts of our friends at Create, as well as the support of community partners and organizations, program graduates will now have access to seed/startup capital in addition to traditional revolving loans. Follow the link to find out more.
This is just one more reason — on a list of many — to join the upcoming CO.STARTERS cohort. If you’d like to know more about the program first, just click HERE!
In case you missed it, Ghost Train Brewing Co. (who, might we mention, is a CO.STARTERS alum) is hitting restaurants and stores shelves in a new form. This time, these delicious brews will be packaged in cans, AND they’ll be sporting cool new branding!
If that’s not enough to get you excited, keep an eye on Ghost Train’s 3rd Avenue South location – hammers will soon be swinging to make way for private event space and an additional bar. Visit the AL.com article to learn more, and visit Ghost Train’s Facebook page for future updates.
Magic City Match is a program that transforms lives and opens doors for Black entrepreneurs and business owners. Led by REV Birmingham and powered by Prosper, this initiative aims to create opportunities for Black-owned businesses by matching them with brick-and-mortar spaces where they can thrive. After a successful pilot program in 2022, Magic City Match is back in action and ready to empower a new wave of entrepreneurs.
One of the most legendary and storied neighborhoods of Birmingham is Woodlawn. It is a community, anchored by one of the great public high schools of Birmingham, that has produced many citizens who contributed to the life of our city and has had an impact beyond the neighborhood itself. In a short post like this true justice cannot be done to the rich heritage and legacy of Woodlawn. However, we hope that this narrative brings together many of the diverse threads that make up the fabric of the community’s historic arc in a concise piece.
This month’s vendor spotlight highlights Easy Breezy, a local, low-waste shop founded by Brianna Deere. Dedicated to helping others reduce waste and providing inexpensive, non-toxic cleaning supplies, Brianna began selling to the public for the first time at the April 2023 Woodlawn Street Market.