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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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COFFEE WITH JESSICA

A weekly meeting, hosted by Create’s Director of Programs, Jessica Moody, via Zoom, helps local artists, small businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs start the week off with coffee and brainstorming. This is a time to allow you to share recent challenges and concerns and discuss how to continue adapting their business, organization, or idea. This is a come as you are event. It's open to anyone. No need to register. Just show up.

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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 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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GET STARTED

This fun and immediately useful, three-hour, hands-on workshop is designed to “kickstart” those who have a business idea or “jumpstart” those who would like to grow and expand their business through a new product and or service. Whether you’re just getting started, stuck on a particular issue, or in need of a refresher, this workshop will provide the fuel needed to get you moving. This workshop is a low-commitment opportunity to understand what’s driving you, explore your idea through the CO.STARTERS Canvas, and refine your model by learning ways to get meaningful customer feedback and start pursuing your idea today. You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the community and make valuable connections to help you along the way.

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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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* ADVISOR FUND

The Advisor Fund defrays early-stage costs related to legal, financial, or branding expertise. After submitting the application, a follow-up meeting will be scheduled by staff to discuss the application and evaluate your needs. Additional materials may be requested. Funds are available to CO.STARTERS graduates in the concept and start-up phase who missed no more than two classes and participated in the Celebration Night presentation.

Applicants may request amounts ranging from $500 – $1,000.

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* MARKETPLACE FUND

The Marketplace Fund defrays costs related to pop-up events, market booth fees, on-line or mobile retail, leasehold improvements, and other distribution-related costs. After submitting the application, a follow-up meeting will be scheduled by staff to discuss the application and evaluate your needs. Additional materials may be requested. Funds are available to CO.STARTERS graduates in the concept and start-up phase who missed no more than two classes and participated in the Celebration Night presentation.

Applicants may request amounts ranging from $500 – $1,000.