As a small startup in Birmingham for most of his career, another CO.STARTERS grad, Eric Tasker of SmallBox Company, realized there was a gap between starting up and getting to a storefront. One of the biggest hurdles? Location, location, location. As a startup, it’s hard to figure out where you can best reach your target market. SmallBox Co. answers that need by providing startups with small, affordable space through short-term access to prime retail locations. Their Boxes can be leased and relocated to spots in hot areas of town, so a starter can test the market. (You may have seen his first tenant, Rainy Day boutique, inRailroad Park last Fall.)
So why should you vote for SmallBox Co. in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest? The Grant cash and prizes would allow SmallBox Co. to convert a shipping container into a small, well- designed space and place it in a new location in the city. SmallBox Co. could also place that Box in an underutilized retail area as a way to foster growth in depressed neighborhoods. By leasing a SmallBox, a starter can test the retail market and establish a presence before committing to leasing or renovating an existing building. So get to voting! Click HERE to support SmallBox Co.!
SmallBox was created to spur growth within the start-up community in Birmingham by building Small Spaces for Big Ideas. Keep an eye out for some of those Big Ideas when Boxes are back in Railroad Park this spring! & thanks for voting to grow Birmingham businesses!
NiEl' Atelier Grand Opening Showcases Inspirational Journey of Ukrainian Family Achieving the American Dream
In less than a year after arriving in the United States, the Vyshyvanyuk family, who recently fled from Ukraine, is now launching NiEl’ Bridal Atelier, a custom wedding dress and alterations business in Forest Park. Olena and Mykola Vyshyvanyuk, along with their three children – Viktoriia Vyshyvanyuk, Eva Vyshyvanyuk, and Loanna Vyshyvanyuk – made the courageous decision to leave Ukraine on November 7, 2022. This family’s inspiring story serves as a testament to the boundless opportunities that small businesses can achieve in Birmingham.
Are you a startup looking for a foot in the door? Did you know we have an accelerator program that helps founders begin their entrepreneurial journey right here in the Switch district? TechStars is a dynamic three-month program that empowers entrepreneurs in their quest to discover product-market fit, gain traction, and access both capital and global mentorship. Operating in more than 30 cities worldwide, Techstars added Birmingham as a host for their energy-focused cohort.
The Woodlawn Street Market is a platform for small businesses to showcase their talents and products. From handmade jewelry to locally sourced produce, you can find a wide variety of items that highlight the creativity and craftsmanship of the Birmingham community Among the talented individuals who have found a home in this vibrant marketplace is none other than Johnathan Westbrook, fondly known as Jon Jon, and the majority owner of the Broncho Food Truck. This new food truck made its debut back in August and will be back again for this week’s market.