Category Archives: Development

CEI opens urban incubator downtown tonight

The Community Entrepreneurial Institute (CEI) will unveil its newest program, the Urban Business Incubator, with an open house/celebration this evening starting at 5 p.m. at its home in the A.G. Gaston Building in Birmingham’s historic Civil Rights District. The program will, according to CEI’s founder Dr. Karen Starks, “provide entrepreneurs with the resources necessary to start and create a sustainable company.” has additional information about tonight’s event, including how interested parties can submit an application. Don’t forget about the LinkedIn event listing either…

A real groundbreaking on Southside


Workers dig a trench along 21st Street & Second Ave. South on Wednesday morning as work begins on the CiTYViLLE BLOCK 121 mixed-use development on Birmingham’s Southside. City officials (including Mayor Langford) and the developer gathered later that afternoon for the ceremony. The development is slated to include 255 apartments and more than 21,000 square feet of retail space, both of which will undoubtedly lead to a transformation of that part of the city.

Check out the press release from the mayor’s office sent on Tuesday announcing the groundbreaking ceremony.

Photo: Bob Farley/f8Photo

Women entrepreneurs, take note…

The Central Alabama Women’s Business Center (CAWBC) is still accepting applications for the The Elizabeth Conwell Schlarb Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs‘ Scholarship Fund – until this Friday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m.!

The funds are available for those women business owners in Central Alabama who’ve been in business for at least three years. Applicants may use the money to pay for one or more courses at a two or four year college or for entrepreneurial education and professional development.

Applications can be obtained at the CAWBC’s website or by contacting Noelle Gaspard at 205-453-0249 and/or