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In this edition, apply for a top 10 Angel Network, find a grant for your small business, and sharpen your development skills at a virtual event.

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What We Do is Hampton Roads' hub for news, events, and resources related to entrepreneurship and innovation. We partner with other organizations in effort to support and cultivate the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Fervent Four Show

Finding yourself with extra time at home? Hear how you can use spare time to propel your business forward and differentiate from competition. Watch the full show with Candice, Business Director of Escape Room Virginia, as well as mini clips on our website or YouTube page.

Join us every Thursday 11:00am to Noon on our FB Live!

Region Roundup

StartWheel nominated for best Business Incubator / Startup Program

StartWheel has been nominated for Best Business Incubator/Startup Program in the Excellence in Business category. We work tirelessly to be your clearinghouse for the entrepreneurial community. We'd be honored if you could take a second and give us a vote. 

Vote here! or 
Applications open for 757 Angels

Need capital to grow your business? Apply to one of the nation's most active angel networks. 757 Angels application deadline is September 7th.

Apply Here
Hampton Roads accelerator program goes virtual amid pandemic

Almost all of the program’s events will be able to make the switch to online unchanged, McMillion said, including workshops and meeting with mentors. Only a “roadshow” trip to meet with investors in five cities will have to be altered. Instead, the startups will present during an online demonstration day.

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Virginia Women in Venture Announce Next Event and Fall Series

Investing in diverse founders with Monique Woodard. Monique invests in the future of technology being driven by major demographic trends like the shift to majority-minority, an increase in the spending power of women, and an aging Baby Boomer population. She invests in companies with global ambitions who are creating technology products that meet the needs of tomorrow’s internet users.

Read the full news release
757 Angels Releases 2020 five-year impact report named as "Top Group in the Southeast" by the Angel Resource Institute

As noted in its just-released 2020 Five-Year Impact Report,  757 Angels has invested nearly $64 million into 28 early stage companies since its launch in 2015.  Approximately 90% of its capital has been invested in Hampton Roads, resulting in diversification and fueling of the regional economy.

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The National Association of Business Economics releases survey results

65% of those polled believe that the US economy continues to be in a COVID inspired recession, and 49% believe that the economy will not return to pre-pandemic levels until the 2nd half of 2022 or later.

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Virginia occupational safety and health emergency standards

Virginia became the first state to issue mandatory COVID-19 workplace safety rules, no matter the size of the business or the level of exposure risk hazards.

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Apply now to pitch your business / business idea at Start Peninsula

12 entrepreneurs will walk away with seed funding. Applications are open to pitch (idea). The top 6 pitchers from Sep 22nd and Oct 13th micro pitch events will compete on Nov 6th for 1 of 3 $5,000 prizes. All events will be held on Zoom. 

Apply to pitch
IRS releases guidance on PPP and tax deductions

As small business owners are shifting their focus on the forgiveness phase of the PPP process, it is recommended to contact your accountant, the SBDC or read the latest guidance from the IRS.

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ODU alum harnesses amphibian skin to improve the healing process

Entrepreneurship wasn’t an obvious career path for Old Dominion University graduate and biotech industry veteran Jamie Grooms. However, it turned out to be something he had prepared for his whole life.

Read the full article
Other Must-Read Headlines You May Have Missed

Event Spotlight

September 9th, 2020
6:00 - 8:00pm

Pitch Perfect

These training workshops are perfect for those interested in our Micro Pitch events, where you pitch your business idea for a chance to win $500 and qualify for our main event in November to win $5,000!

Learn more
Tell us your news!
StartWheel is your consolidated source for startup and early stage small business news!!!
We're looking for stories to share:
- Are you a new business?
- Are you are disrupting the status quo? 
- Did you just expand your business? 
- Share your press release with us so we can share it across the region! 

Email your Press Release here

Post COVID-19 Resources

We understand there is a TON of information flooding your inbox regarding COVID-19. In an effort minimize the information flow and standardize the information being shared, we have partnered with the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center (HRSBDC). We recommend following websites for the most current information.

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application 
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Information from SBA
Hampton Roads Chamber Recovery Resource Center
Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center Recovery Resources
IRS information for small business/self-employed/medium sized employers
Loan program overview
PPP Loan Forgiveness Overview
SBA webpage for the Paycheck Protection Program
Virginia Small Business Development Center Business Recovery Center
US Chamber Information
Virginia Small Business Development Center  

If you would like individual counseling or assistance for your business, please contact the HRSBDC at or call 757-664-2596 to schedule an appointment. 

Small Business Grant Opportunities

Many localities and organizations in Hampton Roads are offering grant opportunities for small businesses. All you have to do is apply! Click on a link to learn more details and eligibility requirements. An up to date list of grant opportunities is kept on the StartWheel website.

Accomack County Grants for Small Businesses
Accomack Watermen Relief Funds 

Chesapeake Small Business Covid-19 Recovery Grant (NEW)

CDBG Business Grant (Williamsburg, York, Poquoson) (NEW)

FedEx Support Small Grants

For Hispanic and Latino Businesses 

For workers in the food and beverage industry who are in a crisis of any kind 

Hello Alice Small Business Grants 

LISC (Local Initiative Support Coalition of Hampton Roads) Small Business Emergency Assistance Grants 

Norfolk VA Grant (NEW)

Rebuild! VA (NEW)

Suffolk EDA Small Business Grants 

Suffolk Executive Offices Covid relief
The Red Backpack Fund for Female Entrepreneurs 
VA 30 Day Fund Forgivable Loans up to $3,000 

York County Grants

York CARES Grant (NEW)

The Fervent Four Show

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 11:00am - 12:00pm on the StartWheel Facebook page. 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:

Gary Plaag, founder of Couragio Consulting

Candice Gallmeyer, Director of Business Operations at Escape Room Virginia

Savannah Bolin, Regional Director of Gather

Tiffanie Rosier, Founder of Allstar Photobooth

Nate Tschohl, Founder of SWIMNERD

Dennis Gray, Founder of Accurid Pest Solutions

Vicki Harrington and Cara Simpson of CrimDell SBN

Want to be a guest on the Fervent Four show? Apply here

September Virtual Events

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September 2nd, 2020
9:00am - 12:00pm

DOD SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Webinar

This three hour webinar will present proposal preparation tips for those considering an SBIR/STTR submissions to DOD SBIR and STTR Broad Agency Announcements.


September 3rd, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show

Hosts Tim and Zack are joined by local entrepreneurs who share their best stories, secrets, and funny stories.

[FB Live]

September 3rd, 2020
5:00 - 6:00pm

Happy Hour: Esoteric

Cocktails, garden patio, and friends. Come grab a drink with your 1701 family!


September 9th, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm

PPP Forgiveness Application (Virtual)

With the moving target that is the details on the SBA’s Payroll Protection Program, it should come as little surprise clients that were able to get it now wonder if they have to pay it back, or how much. Join us and BB&T to discuss what you need to know to be prepared when completing the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application.


September 9th, 2020
12:00 - 1:00pm

Home-Based Business 2020 Lunch & Learn Series: SEO, is it Still  a Thing?

This is a virtual event! RSVP to or (757) 890-3317.


September 9th, 2020
7:00 - 9:00pm

September Online Presentation - Williamsburg Software Developers Group

Vue.js is a new JavaScript framework that is a rising star among JavaScript frameworks. Vue.js was invented by Evan You as a simple JavaScript framework because he wanted a more more lightweight version of AngularJS.


September 10th, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show

Hosts Tim and Zack are joined by local entrepreneurs who share their best stories, secrets, and funny stories.

[FB Live]

September 10th, 2020
6:30 - 7:30pm

Hampton Roads Python Users Group (PUG) Meetup

Python enthusiasts from the Hampton Roads area meet and discuss topics related to Python. We have a diverse base, spanning from hardcore professionals that have worked with Python for many years to beginners who just want to know how to write their first program.


September 14th, 2020
9:00am - 1:30pm

SBIR Webinar Presentations

The September 14 Virtual Panel Presentations will be followed by four, day-long one on one sessions hosted by local organizations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

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