PROGRAMS

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CO.STARTERS

CO.STARTERS is an action-driven, collaborative process with a small and supportive group of like-minded people. Led by a facilitator who is an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll identify your assumptions about why and how your businesses will work and then talk to customers in order to validate your ideas. This approach enables you to rapidly uncover flaws in your concept and find viable models more quickly. You’ll leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, articulate your model, and repeat the process with your next great idea. Participants receive one-on-one time with the facilitators, support from Create Birmingham staff during and post-graduation, membership in the alumni network, and access to the CO.STARTERS Graduate Resources.

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CREATE CONSULTS

This professional assistance program will provide consultations for local ventures with experts recruited by Create Birmingham. Every participant will have an initial intake meeting with a Create Birmingham staff member. Using the CO.STARTERS Business Model Canvas, the entrepreneur will “walk” staff through each building block of their business, allowing for self-discovery of potential weaknesses and knowledge areas that might need strengthening. This process will also better inform staff of how to create a customized firm-learning track with three consultants who can be most beneficial.

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THE BUSINESS OF CREATING

Create Birmingham is introducing The Business of Creating, a new webinar series designed to provide arts & culture organizations with insights, resources, and tools to grow effectively and sustainably. These conversations, with guest experts on topics including marketing, strategic planning, fundraising, board development, finance and legal issues, and community collaboration, will be tailored to the needs of arts practitioners, with in-depth discussion about strategies, opportunities, and challenges in the sector.

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CREATE FOUNDATIONS

We all find ourselves working very differently than we were a year ago. Whether it’s rethinking our daily routine to maximize our time and focus, reframing the products, programs, and services we offer, or reconnecting with our customers and patrons, there is a lot to work through. The constant need to adapt can be overwhelming, whether you are a small business, nonprofit, artist, or solo entrepreneur. That’s why Create Birmingham has developed this series of three self-paced workshops designed to help small businesses, nonprofits, artists, and solo entrepreneurs rethink their ventures and assess whether they are structurally sound.

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VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

Whether you’re an artist, entrepreneur, maker, nonprofit, or small business owner... or maybe you have an idea you want to map out, we want to help you feel supported, get started, and level up in your venture! We’ve got a roster of FREE virtual events to help you including Create Foundations, our Roadmap Goal Setting Workshop, Coffee with Jessica, and more.

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CREATE MARKET

Create Market is an online marketplace featuring the products, talents, and services of the graduates of our CO.STARTERS program. With traditional markets, pop-up events, and other brick & mortar options closed or operating at limited capacity due to COVID-19, we want to offer an easy way for customers to shop and support their favorite local ventures and discover new ones right in their own neighborhoods. The best part is that you can shop Create Market knowing that, as a service of Create Birmingham, 100% of the proceeds from your purchases go directly to the vendors

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FILM BIRMINGHAM

Film Birmingham is a one-stop-shop for creators of film and media projects, showcasing the impressive diversity of locations and talent that our region has to offer. In partnership with the City of Birmingham, we serve as a local film office for the greater Birmingham region. The primary goal of Film Birmingham is to attract new commercial, television, and feature film projects to the Birmingham area as a strategy for workforce and economic development. Through Film Birmingham, Create Birmingham helps filmmakers efficiently meet their production needs and tackle their production challenges. We connect them with the abundance of local film and media talent in our area, assist with public and private location logistics, and facilitate municipal cooperation in the region. In addition to being a dynamic and hospitable place to do business, Birmingham offers low production costs and a diverse selection of both urban and rural locations, making this an exciting opportunity to grow our local economy and raise our national profile.

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BIRMINGHAM365

We don’t mean to brag, but it’s a fact that Birmingham365 is the most comprehensive calendar of public events our city has to offer. Arts & culture of every variety, family-friendly fun, happy hour meet-ups, sporting and outdoor events, food-and-beverage activities? We’ve got it all. Whatever you’re interested in, we are too. Content is provided by you, and there is no cost to create listings. The calendar welcomes all events, ticketed or free, that are open to the public. Whether you are looking for art shows, concerts, wine tastings, workshops, sporting events, or outdoor adventures, Birmingham365 will keep you informed. This free community calendar provides details on everything going on in the Greater Birmingham area. And there's always something going on around here!

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OFFICE HOURS

Are you an artist, entrepreneur, or nonprofit looking to grow your resources, expand your network, launch a new project or enhance an existing one? Create Birmingham's Office Hours give you the opportunity for a 45-minute consultation with our staff. Whether you are an early stage, mid-career, or established, we are here to help answer your questions and offer actionable tips and practical advice in person. Office Hours are offered every Thursday of the month. Appointments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and must be made in advance. If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as quickly as possible so that we offer that time slot to someone else.

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CONVERSATIONS WITH CREATIVES

Birmingham has a culturally rich history and a wealth of creative talent. We believe in the power of storytelling and how it can connect, inspire, motivate, and create a movement. In a world abuzz with endless content, we want to be torchbearers for good news and give a platform to the creatives who are moving our city forward with their passion. Our ongoing series of interviews highlights the people whose work enriches our community and celebrates the endeavors that are part of our collective legacy.

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COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

These events, hosted by Create’s Community Engagement Specialist via Zoom, delve more deeply into specific COVID-19 related topics, such as mental health for small business owners and exploring loan options in times of crisis, with local experts sharing critical information and taking questions.

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SPACEFINDER BIRMINGHAM

The process of finding the right space for creative work can be frustrating and inefficient. Meanwhile, venues and property owners have limited resources to spend finding new renters. We may just have the solution! SpaceFinder Birmingham is Create Birmingham's online marketplace for arts, design and creative-entrepreneur rental space. We believe SpaceFinder Birmingham offers a large-scale solution for both venues and renters by matching makers with unused or under-used rehearsal, performance, production and retail space. And it's a solution for makers and entrepreneurs who are searching for space that's the right scale for the right time. Free to list and free to search, it’s a matchmaking site for location managers and space seekers. Our aims are to help creators spend less time and money hunting for space, and to help venues and property owners increase rental revenue and decrease under-utilized space. Find the perfect spot for your exhibition, performance, pop-up or bricks-and-mortar storefront.