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October 2021

Hey, Everyone! It’s time for your quick dose of everything you need to know about entrepreneurship across #The757. 

- News
- Events
- Fervent Four Show  

As always, thank you for being a special part of the entrepreneurial community! 

 Event Spotlight

October 27th 9:00 - 10:00am

1 Million Cups


October 27th 12:30 - 1:00pm

Tech Talks with Dominion Energy


October 27th 5:00 - 7:00pm

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards


October 27th, 28th 12:00 - 5:00pm

Fundamentals of Setting up a Secure Network


October 28th 9:00 - 11:00am

Craft Beverage Finance – What You Need To Know Before Speaking With Your Banker


October 28th 10:00 - 11:00am

Virginia SBDC: Learn the Basics of Google Ads


October 28th 11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show #81 featuring Bay McLaughlin

Hear how Brinc, a venture accelerator firm empowers game-changers to help solve some of the world's biggest challenges with $50-$500K checks to early-stage technology companies. 

[StartWheel Live]

October 28th 5:00 - 7:00pm

Business Connection After Hours – ECPI University


October 28th 6:00pm

Recurring Class: Legacy in Training (in spanish)


November 3rd 9:00 - 10:00am

1 Million Cups


November 3rd 5:30 - 8:30pm

Championship Pitch Event (Zoom)


November 4th 9:00am - 12:30pm

Small Business and Supplier Diversity Fair 2021


November 4th 11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show #82 featuring Elizabeth Duncan-Hawker

[StartWheel Live]

November 4th 12:00 - 3:00pm

Virginia SBDC: Pitch Preview

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Startup Stories 

Big news we couldn't wait to share with you! 

Governor Northam Announces More Than $4.4 Million to Revitalize Communities Across Virginia

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Employee Retention Tax Credit Update

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Secret Chord Laboratories Among Midemlab Startup Competition Finalists

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Norfolk Economic Development Department Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

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Norfolk’s popular Cure Coffeehouse expanding to Portsmouth, Newport News

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Congratulations to StartWheel Executive Director -- The Hard Part was Getting There 

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National Veteran Small Business Week (November 1-5)

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Fourth Set of Finalists from Start Peninsula Micro Pitch Announced

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The 757′s entrepreneurial ecosystem expands - Tim Ryan and Jim Carroll

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Tell us your news!

If you’re running a startup/small business list your open positions here! 


» Assistant Director for Engagement - Old Dominion University Institute for Coastal Adaptation & Resilience
» Chief Technical Officer - Rubin Education
» Dominion Energy Innovation Center, Program Coordinator, Part-Time

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Fervent Four Show

#80: Dr. Cynthia Romero: Mental Health and Wellness in the 757

Dr. Cynthia Romero, Director of the Brock Institute, joins the show to discuss the pandemic's impact on mental healthadvice for how entrepreneurs can manage their mental health and wellness, and the role businesses play in supporting the mental health of their employees & surrounding communities.

Interested in learning more? Watch the full show as well as mini clips on our website or YouTube page.  

#79: Dennis Woodbury: Protecting Against Unknown Dangers

Dennis Woodbury, CEO & Founder at eZverifi, joins the show to discuss all things eZverifi, his Start Peninsula experience, and the long-term vision for his startup.

Interested in learning more? Watch the full show as well as mini clips on our website or YouTube page.  

#78: Eddie Montero: Understanding the Franchise Business Model

Eddie Montero, Franchise Owner/Operator at The UPS Store, joins the show to discuss why he chose the franchise business model, lessons learned in the navy + how he applies them to entrepreneurship, and the importance of building a strong company culture.

Interested in learning more? Watch the full show as well as mini clips on our website or YouTube page.  
Did you know that only 4% of businesses ever exceed $1 million in annual revenue? The Fervent Four Show is designed to give you the tools and information you need to become part of the 4%.

Tune in to the Fervent Four Show every Thursday from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm on StartWheel Live. The Fervent Four Show is brought to you by StartWheel and the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center. 

The past few weeks, we've chatted with:

#80: Dr. Cynthia Romero, Director at the Brock Institute

#79: Dennis Woodbury, CEO & Founder at eZverifi

#78: Eddie Montero, Franchise Owner/Operator at The UPS Store

#77: Kala Fleming, Founder at Frontline Gig

#76: Jorge "JC" Colonnieves, Founder at JCFitsme

#75: Jesse Midgett, NASA Technology Transfer Program

#74: Nate Marcus, Founder & CEO at OccasionGenius

#73: Erica McMannes, co-founder & COO at Instant Teams

#72: Brandon Johnson, Owner of Vintner’s Cellar Winery of Yorktown

Here's the entire FFS library.
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What is StartWheel?

StartWheel is your online source of information that’s solely focused on the entrepreneurial activities that are taking place across Hampton Roads, Virginia, also known as #The757. 
  • Consolidates all of the news and information that you need to know to start and grow a business. StartWheel also shares the information our community wants and needs to hear in order to advance our region forward.  
  • Coordinates all of the entrepreneurial events that are taking place either online or in person. We’ve eliminated the need to check multiple calendars, we have everything listed in one place for your convenience. 
  • Celebrates all of the entrepreneurial successes that are taking place around the region. We amplify your success to a broader audience.  

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