Historic 4th Ave Business District is hosting a small business market: learn more here + why you should attend

Quench by Quon
The Carver Theatre in Birmingham’s Fourth Avenue Historic District. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

July 22nd will mark the second business and food truck market held in the historic 4th Avenue Business District. The market will feature business owners from the BE BHM BECOME cohort, a business accelerator program, and is a wonderful opportunity for the Birmingham community to support small and Black-owned businesses.

Details about the Historic 4th Ave Business District market

Historic 4th Ave Business District
Birmingham’s Historic 4th Ave Business District was once the commercial hub of Black Birmingham. (Urban Impact Inc.)

The market is organized by Urban Impact Inc.

  • When: Friday, July 22, 2022 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Where: Waites Parking Lot | 1601 4th Ave N Birmingham, AL 35203

The following businesses will be there:

  • Various 4th Avenue District Business Owners 
  • Rae Rae’s Catering
  • What’s the Scoop? Ice Cream Co. (BE BHM graduate)
  • Sweetie K Desserts
  • Alicia’s Coffee 
  • Quench by Quan (BE BHM graduate) 
  • 3 Daughters Beauty Supply
  • Bey Beys Italian Ice
  • Candlelit By Cullen

What is BE BHM BECOME?

Historic 4th Ave Business District
4th Avenue mural. (Sabrina Palmer / Bham Now)

BE BHM is an organization centered on empowering and providing the necessary tools for Black business owners to thrive. BECOME is a 12-week business accelerator program that aims to teach participants the key areas of business operations and management. At the end of the program, participants are invited to participate in a pitch-style competition to win grants for their business.

“Our BECOME program participants have all worked hard over their 12- week cohort and now we want to provide an opportunity for them to showcase and scale their businesses. These summer markets serve as a chance to promote our graduates, highlight the Historic 4th Ave Black business owners in the district and create that connection of community while encouraging others to do the same.”

Courtney Craig, Program Manager at Urban Impact Inc.

Why you should attend

Historic 4th Ave Business District
Historic 4th Avenue Business District. (Cliff Martin / Bham Now)

According to BE BHM’s website, Black business owners account for 48% of registered businesses in Birmingham, but only 2% of the gross revenue receipts. BE BHM was founded in an effort to improve these statistics, and BECOME is one avenue through which they are pursuing this change. Attending the small business market is a wonderful way to support local, Black-owned businesses and do your part in helping BE BHM achieve its goals. There will be great food and even better people, so show up!

Will you attend the Historic 4th Ave Business District market? Let us know on social media by tagging @bhamnow!

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