New effort made to help Birmingham business

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A new effort to help urban businesses in Birmingham is getting off the ground. The new Urban Business Incubator is opening up soon focused on the underserved parts of the city.

There are other business incubators already in town, but many of them are focused on high-tech industries. The organizers behind this new initiative are hoping to create urban jobs by finding a need on the ground in some underdeveloped neighborhoods.

"What we're going to be doing is looking at the needs in the urban communities, and giving it a little bit of a twist in terms of what could actually be there, so those communities have those services as well," Starks said.

Starks says service-based companies like tailors, photographers, even an ice cream shop are all things the urban community needs but doesn't have, though she's hoping to change that by nurturing new companies in the urban business incubator.

"That's really what the incubator's about," Starks said. "Get them here, get them trained, and then launch them back out into the community where they're needed."

Starks says the recession is a perfect time to ditch your boss and become your own, and she says you don't have to have anything fancier than just a good idea to start in the incubator. Starks plans to open her doors on November 1.