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Birmingham’s Tammy Hawk-Bridges offers entrepreneurial advice in new book

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Ask Tammy Hawk-Bridges what’s the best advice she ever received, and she’ll tell you something her favorite boss once told her.

“Keep company with people who are smarter than you are,” the local marketing consultant and business strategist said.  “I am always on the lookout for some really smart and insightful people so I can learn from…

Put your Huck on

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Birmingham-based startup Huckstraps launched their online store today, offering colorful belts and buckles made from 100% recycled materials.  The company’s slogan is “Average is Easy.  Be Awesome.” 

Photo: Hucks are available in ten different colors.

Photo: Belts and buckles are interchangeable with 100 different possibilities.

The belts,…

Birmingham’s Javacia Harris Bowser to debut See Jane Write Magazine

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If you’re a woman writer in Birmingham, you’ve probably not only heard of See Jane Write (SJW), but attended one or more of the group’s events. Now in its second year, group attendance has gone from fourteen to sixty or more, pumping girl power and writing inspiration into local Janes (and a few Johns, too).

Now, SJW founder, Javacia Harris…

Birmingham businesses compete in Alabama Launchpad start-up competition

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Alabama could be home to the next big start-up. Members of Birmingham’s start-up teams will compete against each other and teams from Tuscaloosa, Mobile, and Huntsville in the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama’s (EDPA) entrepreneurial competition Alabama Launchpad.

The competition is open to Alabama start-ups at any stage in the…

Tech Birmingham for women on Thursday

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“Our goal is to create a local group focused on empowering women to enter into, stay in, and rise through the ranks in technology related fields,” says a representative of Tech Birmingham. 

Know a woman working in technology?  She’s invited to Tech Birmingham’s meetup on Thursday, February 28th from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at O’Henry’s in…

College students launch social venture business Southern Butter

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In the heart of Birmingham-Southern’s Campus, a group of six seniors have made their debut in the business world. The group—three guys and three girls—was assigned to work together in an entrepreneur class. They created a business plan, pitched it to an investor, obtained $500 start up money.  They’ve created a peanut butter shop that will…

REV Birmingham announces 2013 entrepreneurial workshop series

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In case you missed it - Operation New Birmingham and Main Street Birmingham merged last month to form REV Birmingham.  The new non-profit’s mission is broadly-defined as “to make Birmingham better,” but the best of both organization’s existing programs remain intact along with some exciting new initiatives. 

REV’s four key development areas for…

Confederate Cycles creating classic, handcrafted machines

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On Veteran’s Day in 1994, Matthew Chamber’s dream came alive as he fired up the first “ghost” Hellcat prototype motorcycle that screamed at 100mph along a side road in New Orleans where the company was founded. His vision was to not only create a machine that was sculptural, that expressed “The American Way” aesthetically, but he…

Landscape company specializes in urban farming, sustainable mobile office space

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Andrew Cole-Tyson of Cole-Tyson Land and Garden Design is a landscaping force to be reckoned with. His focus is on food, health and wellness, and green living, and he does it all while working out of his office van, which he uses as a mobile design studio.

What do you do with a Master’s degree in landscape architecture, a love of urban gardens…

Local entrepreneurs have a great IdeaMensch

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About 50 entrepreneurs from the Birmingham area listened to and shared stories at Innovation Depot on Thursday night, part of IdeaMensch’s IM48 traveling summit.

The 48-state, 50-stop entrepreneurial event made Birmingham its 44th stop before heading west.

IdeaMensch is a self-described community of entrepreneurs which shares how it brings…

Design Review Committee casts eye on signs

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The last time it met, the city of Birmingham’s Design Review Committee had variety on its agenda. This week, it was back to more signage with a few interesting projects sprinkled into the agenda.

Powell School

Exciting news for this historic landmark – Gray Wells from the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation presented its plan to replace…

Birmingham favorite Soca Clothing opens store in Nashville

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Over the weekend, popular Homewood designer denim boutique Soca Clothing opened its third location in Nashville. Soca, which first opened in 2000 in Southside and later moved to Homewood, also has a location in Tuscaloosa.

District Manager and Creative Director Morgan Gillespie is enthusiastic about the Nashville store opening. “We love…

IdeaMensch comes to Birmingham on Thursday

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A lot of how-to, inspirational, success-building, start-up-your-own-business shows roll through town in a given year.

Founded by Mario Schulzke, IdeaMensch is billed as a community of entrepreneurs who share how they bring to life their ideas. Currently, IdeaMensch’s four-man team is on tour—truly rolling on wheels—on something called #IM48, a…

Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference begins tonight

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Alabamians built the rockets that took us to the moon for the first time, and innovators across the state are working on new projects to help drive our state’s economy forward. 

There’s still time for you to register for the Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. tonight, subject matter experts…

New England favorite Teasy Teas comes home to Birmingham

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Marshall Malone, founder of Teasy Teas, brewing at Hart and Soul Coffee Shop in Homewood

There’s a new tea in town, and it traveled a long, hard road to get here.

After visiting single estate tea plantations in Sri Lanka and months of testing flavor blends, Marshall Malone founded his tea company in 2004. The Birmingham native had taken a job requiring a hiatus from the South, landing him in New Hampshire. Malone’s background…

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Magic City Post will pause for a moment starting at 8:30am on Friday, December 21st in remembrance of victims of gun violence in Connecticut and also here in our own community. By the end of 2012, at least 56 Birminghamians will have died in gun-related homicides. We pray for peace, love and healing for all.