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November 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! 

Startup Stories 

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

CIT GAP Funds Virginia Founders Fund Invests in Senior Runs to Assist Growing Population of Older Adults Navigate Transportation Needs

Drivers offer more than just a ride; they offer a comforting experience.

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

These projects will create and support business development, economic recovery, and the redevelopment of industrial and commercial structures.

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Employee Retention Tax Credit Update

The Employee Retention Tax Credit is set to expire at the end of 2021.

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Secret Chord Laboratories Among Midemlab Startup Competition Finalists

Midem’s annual startup competition Midemlab has unveiled this year’s 20 finalists, five in each of the four categories ranging from music creation and education to live music experiences.

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

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders

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 Event Spotlight

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


November 8th 11:00am - 12:00pm

Annual Virginia Ecosystem Builders & Community Organizers Meetup


November 9th 7:30 - 9:00am

Coffee Connection – Virginia Peninsula Foodbank


November 9th 8:00am - 3:00pm

Webinar: Business Plan Boot Camp


November 9th 10:30 - 11:30am

IRS Business Series: Business Recordkeeping


November 9th 12:00 - 1:00pm

HRIC Tech Tuesday – VA Economic Development Partnership Program Overview


November 9th 6:00 - 8:00pm

Business Planning Research


November 10th 8:00am - 1:00pm

Annual Small Business Conference “A Salute to Veterans”


November 10th 8:00am - 1:00pm

1 Million Cups at 757 Startup Studios


November 10th 10:30am - 12:00pm

Writing your Specific Aims Page for NIH SBIR/STTR WEBINAR


November 10th 12:00 - 1:00pm

Lighthouse Labs Startup Accelerator Info Session


November 11th 11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show #83

[StartWheel Live]

November 11th 5:00 - 7:00pm

Critical Mass – High Tech Networking and Happy Hour

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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

#81: Bay McLaughlin: An Investor's POV on Raising $$$

Bay McLaughlin, Co-Founder at Brinc, joins the show to discuss his journey to becoming a venture capitalist, keys to building an innovative startup community, and his advice for Founders that are raising money.

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

#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.  
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:

#81: Bay McLaughlin, Co-Founder, COO, & Board Member at Brinc

#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

Here's the entire FFS library.
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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.  
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  • 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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