5 virtual business events happening in Birmingham this week, May 12-15

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Looking for ways to stay connected and plugged into Birmingham’s buzzing business scene? Here are 5 virtual business events to tune into this week, Tuesday, May 12 through Friday, May 15. 

Tuesday, May 12

1. Navigating the New Normal Webinar Series with Tech Birmingham

  • What: A webinar series for “Tech Birmingham members and member companies to present practical information, tips, and suggestions to our community.”
  • When: Tuesday, May 12 from 12-1PM
  • Price: FREE, register here.
  • Details: On Tuesday’s event, you’ll hear from Donnie Garvich of Two Ravens talk about Hidden Innovators.

“My team spent the last two years working to understand how individuals are creative, and how different creative preferences come into play when you assemble teams. We call it ‘The Science of Social Creativity,’ and I’m excited to share a little of what we’ve learned!”

Donnie Garvich, TwoRavens

2. Refocus Workshop Powered by Create Birmingham

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For nearly two months now, like mothers everywhere, the moms at Create Birmingham have been researching resources, learning new ways of working, and strategizing to support our community in these challenging and surreal circumstances. We’ve been carving out moments late at night to chip away at the work we believe in, waking up early to teach our children (or at least attempt to teach them), cleaning up slime, inventing games, and listening to cartoons playing in the background during Zoom meetings. We’ve felt frustrated about not meeting our own expectations for productivity and felt guilty about splitting time between the children in need of our attention and the looming deadlines that have to be met. We miss seeing each other in the office and being inspired by the perspectives we each bring to the table. But we are incredibly thankful. We are a team — not just colleagues, but also friends who care about each other. And we are supported by a leader who recognizes our individual styles and skills and has given us the grace and space to do our best in these trying times. So on this Mother’s Day we have a special man to thank — our Buddy (and yours). It’s been said that behind every great man is a great woman. Well, behind the four of us is a great man who understands that mothers are essential. We love you, Buddy Palmer. Thank you for keeping us together and pushing us forward. This year especially, we acknowledge our gratitude to all the creative moms who are juggling the roles of teachers, parents, daughters, partners, sisters, friends, business owners, and community contributors. Happy Mother’s Day.

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  • What: A two-hour virtual workshop to help attendees “find focus and clarity needed to shift their mindset and find a new way forward,”  for whatever ventures or business they may be examining. 
  • When: Tuesday, May 12 from 2-4PM
  • Price: FREE, register here.
  • Details: In Tuesday’s workshop, “Participants will determine immediate next steps needed to stabilize, re-examine their ventures using the CO.STARTERS Canvas, strategize how to better solve their customers’ changing needs, and learn how to adapt or refine their models.”

Wednesday, May 13

3. Community Conversations with Josh Andrews Hosted by Create Birmingham

  • What: A continued virtual conversation to address investment, growth, resources, and the future of our community.
  • When: Wednesday, May 13 from 2-3PM
  • Price: FREE, register here.
  • Details: In Wednesday’s conversation, attendees will hear from Josh Andrews of Gatehouse Law to discuss the importance of considering legal implications regarding all of the changes we’re facing and making during this time.

Thursday, May 14

4. Communicating Reopen to Instill Consumer Confidence Hosted by REV Birmingham

  • What: A conversation revolving around the best reopening strategies for businesses from Ally Clokey, a Senior Strategist at BIG Communications.  
  • When: Thursday, May 14 from 10-11AM
  • Price: FREE, but you must register prior to the event here.
  • Details: In Thursday’s conversation, hear from Clokey (who is currently working with national brands to navigate reopening. She’ll share insight on how to apply big brands’ best practices to your business’ reopening strategy. 

Friday, May 15

5. BIZ 1.0 Start-up Essentials hosted by REV Birmingham

  • What: The “foundation for starting a small business from scratch taught by REV Birmingham’s Business Growth team.”
  • When: Friday, May 15 from 8AM-12PM
  • Price: $25 — get your tickets here.
  • Details: Have a great idea, but need help figuring out the next steps. This 4-hour workshop is for you. You’ll learn 11 core concepts from the REV Biz team all to help to test your product and idea. After this course, “you’ll have the components for a one-page business plan to build upon as your business grows.”

Know of more virtual events happening this week in Birmingham? Let us know on social @BhamNow on Instagram and Facebook or @Now_Bham on Twitter!

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