New business alert! Cahaba Cruisers imports international adventure vehicles to Birmingham

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Cameron Eaton (left) and Tison Barganier (right) are heading up this new company. Photo via Cahaba Cruisers

Birmingham business expands every day in this Magic City of opportunity. Two local entrepreneurs are launching their latest venture—Cahaba Cruisers is coming to Birmingham! Keep reading to check it out.

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Women in tech—Birmingham’s Ellen Thompson won’t be “counted out”

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Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

Although there are more and more women working in tech every day, it’s still a predominantly male field. Ellen Thompson was the first Birmingham hire for a Prepaid2Cash, a tech startup that received funding from the Alabama Futures Fund.

Read on to find out what it’s like being a female tech professional in Birmingham!

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EDPA invested $600k in Alabama startups in 2019. Apply by Dec. 16 to participate in 2020.

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Team members of Conserv and Immediate at Alabama Launchpad. Photo via EDPA

Birmingham-based Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) has been busy. During 2019, the EDPA invested $600k in eight Alabama startups through Alabama Launchpad. Read on to learn about the winners and how you can apply to be a part of Alabama Launchpad 2020.

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Homewood year in review—7 new businesses that launched in 2019

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Lauren Scott showing off her Golden Gloves at Homewood’s most unique 2019 addition. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

2019 was a big year for Homewood business. The area has been booming in recent years, and it continues to attract new concepts and big names alike. Check out some of the most exciting recent additions—and make your holiday shopping list while you’re at it!

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Startup roundup: 5 Birmingham companies that could make your life better

Purilan launch at Hardware Park in Birmingham
Movers and makers at Hardware Park for the Purilan launch Nov. 20, 2019. Photo via Facebook

Anyone who’s been paying attention to Birmingham over the past few years knows that the city is fast becoming a hub of startup activity. Even Forbes weighed in, wondering whether Birmingham will be the next Silicon Valley (probably not) or Austin (possibly). To introduce you to some of the local startups worth watching, we’ve decided to start a regular startup roundup.

We hope you’ll join us and let us know about others you’re watching. For this first installment, we decided to focus on local companies that can make your life better. Keep reading for all the details.

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Meet Peter Vogt, Silicon Valley tech CEO who’s coming to Birmingham

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Peter Vogt, founder of Prepaid2Cash. Photo by Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

A west coast native and an investment banker turned tech entrepreneur—meet Peter Vogt, founder of Prepaid2Cash. The company is relocating its headquarters to Birmingham, AL—which means Peter is headed south. Keep reading to see his first impressions of the Magic City!

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Check out Birmingham’s own “Shark Tank” competition, The Big Pitch, Nov. 23 at Upswing

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The Big Pitch 2018 Winners. Via- RevBham.

REV Birmingham’s demonstration project, Upswing, continues to breathe life into Downtown Birmingham. If you haven’t stopped by, what are you waiting for?! The shops are open and events are scheduled throughout the year! On November 23 from 1PM-4PM Upswing is hosting REV Birmingham‘s biggest entrepreneur-focused event, The Big Pitch. For all you Shark Tank lovers, tickets are now available and this is an event you don’t want to miss!

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Meet the 7 local startups competing for 150K at Alabama Launchpad on November 14

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Judges listening to a startup’s pitch. Photo via Alabama Launchpad

On Thursday, November 14, seven Alabama startups will compete to win their share of $150K. Alabama Launchpad 2019–a program by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama–kicks off in Troy, Alabama. Learn more.

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Everything you need to know about REV Birmingham’s “The Big Pitch” on Nov 23

Observers at REV Birmingham’s The Big Pitch. Photo via REV Birmingham

It’s time for REV Birmingham‘s 5th annual “The Big Pitch.” During the event, five local startups will compete to show how their idea will improve downtown Birmingham. Learn more about the five contestants!

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Job Hunting? Check out 5 job fairs this fall in Birmingham, AL

Fall in Birmingham is full of beautiful leaves, scenery, and… job fairs! Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

Whether you’re looking to land that first job, rejoin the workforce, or make your next career move, job fairs are a great way to meet employers and find local openings. Here are 5 job fairs that are coming this fall to Birmingham, AL.

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Paramount. Life-changing. How Innovate Birmingham propelled 5 former candidates into Birmingham’s tech industry

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The consensus is the same for all of the candidates I’ve spoken with: The friendships developed at Innovate Birmingham last well beyond Demo Day. From L-R: Blake McCracken and Lee Panter. Photo submitted

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Innovate Birmingham is changing lives. But don’t just take my word for it. Meet 5 former candidates from Innovate Birmingham’s 7th Cohort, and see their success for yourself.

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Art meets tech. Birmingham startup Conserv helps protect art collections for everyone.

Conserv founders Austin Senseman (r) and Nathan McMinn (l) at the recent launch of their Conservation Studio.
Conserv co-founders Nathan McMinn (CTO) and Austin Senseman (CEO) having fun in tuxes at the Birmingham Museum of Art for the recent launch of their conservation studio. Photo supplied

Where most of us go to an art museum or fancy library full of old books and revel in the treasures we find, Conserv’s co-founders saw a unique problem to solve.

Now, founders Austin Senseman and Nathan McMinn have built a company around the notion that “conservators need better stuff.” But why? Read on for all the details, plus some pretty awesome local recommendations of places to eat, drink and have fun.

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5 entrepreneurs you’ll hear on Sloss Tech’s “Next Level” startup panel August 2 at The Lyric in Birmingham. Plus, Secret Stages afterparty.

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2018 Sloss Tech "Level Up Birmingham" panel—view from the back of the stage looking out.
View from the back of the stage at the 2018 Sloss Tech “Level Up Birmingham” panel. Photo by Sloss Tech via Facebook

If you want to learn directly from entrepreneurs who’ve succeeded in taking their businesses to the next level, Sloss Tech’s “Next Level” panel is for you.

Between 8AM and 5PM at The Lyric, you’ll get to hear these folks, an awesome women in tech panel and a whole lineup of other speakers . . . then head to the afterparty at Secret Stages.

Know you wanna go? Get your tickets now.

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Earn while you learn: Innovate Birmingham to team up with Central Six AlabamaWorks for IT Apprenticeship Program. Apply by July 26!

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Innovate Birmingham candidates speaking at a past Demo Day. Photo Submitted

Innovate Birmingham and Central Six AlabamaWorks are joining forces to get Birmingham working—specifically in tech. This fall, Central Six AlabamaWorks will launch their approximately 17 month long Information Technology Apprenticeship Program. And with the help of Innovate Birmingham, they’re getting local tech talent in the field, earning while they learn and on their way to a career in software development.

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