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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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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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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.

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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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