News Coverage: AL.com
Updated: Jul 26, 2019
A new tool for Birmingham’s rising start-up culture and entrepreneurial community is now available.
The Bham BizHub is a project of the Birmingham Business Alliance, Alabama Capital Network and UAB.
The website, now in beta testing, was developed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners find their way to assistance through local resources.
Go to the website, and you’ll see three resource guides - The Grid, The Map and The System. Let’s say you’re a business owner needing funding. You consult The Grid, which provides a guide to resources. The Grid will start with a question: Which stage best identifies your business? Are you just starting out, already generating revenue or looking to grow? The chart that follows gives the names of organizations best suited to the stage of your business, along with how to get in touch with them.
The Map gives you the tools to find organizations around the area, and how they can help your business. The Grid shows how those organizations are connected to other organizations. The guides were created using survey data collected from more than 60 programs and organizations.
The site also acts as a clearinghouse for events and workshops around Birmingham tailored toward startups and small businesses.
Other organizations partnering on the BizHub are Alabama Power Co., City of Birmingham, Create Birmingham, Innovate Birmingham, Innovation Depot, Operation Hope, REV Birmingham, Urban Impact and others. Organizers say the website is currently a work-in-progress, and they are soliciting feedback for future improvements.
Innovation Depot President and CEO Devon Laney said the BizHub has been needed for years in the Birmingham business community.
“I am happy to see the Bham BizHub bridge the gap between resources and businesses across the region and serve as an inclusive one-stop shop for anyone looking to feel more connected to our region’s entrepreneurial community,” Laney said.