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On the Move!

Ghost Train Brewing Co. Tasting Room Opens Soon.

Another awesome brewery will be available to you by the end of Summer 2016, and it’s by none other than 2016 BIG PITCH finalist and CO.STARTERS alum Taylor DeBoer of Ghost Train Brewing Co.!

The Ghost Train Tasting Room will be located in Lakeview at 2616 3rd Avenue South (former space of Cahaba Brewing Co.). Construction is ongoing with renovations including a 25-foot bar, 10-barrel brewing system and more.

Ghost Train is currently produced in Mississippi under a contract brewing arrangement, but thanks to a distribution deal with Birmingham Budweiser, his beer has been available throughout the Magic City since August 2015.  

We can’t say enough about how THRILLED we are to see Ghost Train Brewing Co. opening here in our city. So many CO.STARTERS grads are making major moves, and Taylor is no exception!

Read more about Ghost Train Brewing Co. HERE. And be sure to visit Taylor's website for full details about the business.

SmallBox container under construction.

SmallBox Company LLC Posts Up in Railroad Park...

CO.STARTERS alum Eric Tasker recognized a demand in Birmingham’s startup community. He found entrepreneurs struggled with securing retail space because available options were often too large, too expensive and required long-term leases. Tasker thought of a way to fill this gap - he transformed a 20 x 8.5 foot shipping container into a moveable retail storefront, and SmallBox Company LLC was born.

“SmallBox allows startups and entrepreneurs looking for retail space in the City with a way to test the market. We provide small spaces on short-term leases at locations with high foot traffic.” Tasker said.

SmallBox Co. recently received the green light from the City’s Design Review Committee and the Railroad Park Board of Directors to locate a Box in Railroad Park for nine months. As the company grows, multiple Boxes will be available across the city, so retail tenants can test different locations for viability. The first container (pictured above) is almost complete. The finished product will be painted, enclosed, supplied with electricity, and include signage.

Filling spaces and growing sustainable businesses is right in line with our mission. A round of applause goes to SmallBox Co. for finding an innovative means to do both! Follow @smallboxco on Instagram or contact for more information.

Read more about SmallBox Company LLC at

And while we're on the subject of startup workshops...

Have you heard about BIZ 1.0: Startup Essentials?

If you're ready to get your startup off of the ground, this one-day foundational course 
will outline the key components of starting a business and help you discover critical next steps for your entrepreneurial venture.

The next BIZ 1.0: Startup Essentials session is this Friday, June 17th from 8:30AM-11:30AM. 

Check the BIZ 1.0 article in the column for details on how to register

Last Call for this Friday's BIZ 1.0!

June 17th |
8:30AM-11:30AM | SocialVenture


REV’s BIZ 1.0: Startup Essentials is designed for starters with a great idea, but are not sure where to go next, and it takes place every third Friday of the month!

This course will give you the skills to answer fundamental questions:

"What does it take to run a successful business?" 

"What key decisions do I make now to be successful in the long run?"

and "How do I get started?" 

Are you ready to find out if entrepreneurship is right for you?

Sign up for this Friday’s (June 17th) session HERE.

Or snag a spot for next month's (July 15th) session HERE.


The next cohort isn't until August, but it's never too early to reserve your spot on the list!

In this more in-depth extension of our BIZ 1.0 Workshop Series, this ten-week program equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. Every week for ten weeks, this facilitator-led program helps you examine your assumptions and test whether your beliefs about your business are right. Participants leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to create a sustainable business, articulate their models, and repeat the process with the next great idea.


Sign up for the August 8-October 17th cohort HERE!

CO.STARTERS is an initiative of Create Birmingham on which REV Birmingham is proud to partner.

3 AmeriCorps VISTA Service Spots Open!

Are you or is someone you know looking to be an asset to the Birmingham community? How does a year-long (paid) service opportunity with our Urban Food Project sound?

We have three AmeriCorps VISTA service positions available; all we need now is YOU. Apply to be our next Creative Communications VISTA, Healthy Food Retail VISTA or Fund Development Coordinator VISTA today!

Full VISTA service descriptions are listed here.
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