In partnership with Mastercard, Square, Accion Opportunity Fund, and Sunrise, the Office of Business Diversity and Opportunity presents Ascend Birmingham. Ascend Birmingham is an education curriculum that provides active resources to get your small business to the next level. Ascend Birmingham is designed for Black owned small businesses that exclusively operate in cash and need support in creating a digital presence. Ascend Birmingham will help local small businesses pivot and thrive in the new normal of contactless, safe, and socially distanced business practices. Through an educational series of weekly live and recorded webinars, a cohort of the first 50 qualifying businesses will gain experience in the described modules. Upon completion, each small business will receive a starter kit that includes: Square contactless card reader, Mastercard cybersecurity tools, access to Mastercard data tools, website, City-provided resources, and access to P&L software.