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In this edition, learn what key metrics local business owners are following, read about new small business programs, and find virtual events hosted by the Small Business Development Center.

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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

Measure what matters! Lee Sheridan, owner of Two Maids & A Mop Virginia Beach, joins the show and discusses what key metrics he follows closely to determine success. Watch the full show 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

Start Peninsula's Top 10 Finalists

Start Peninsula held their final Micro Pitch Competition on Oct 13th and the final field of 10 is set. The final competition will be held on November 4th @ 5:30pm and the top 3 pitchers will each win $5,000. Get your free tickets 
The Launch Place Announces the Big Launch Challenge

The Launch Place strives to foster an environment for new and serial entrepreneurs to raise capital and garner the support system needed to take their products and/or solutions into the marketplace.

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SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less

This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

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NEW VIRGINIA: SCALING4GROWTH - Now Accepting Applications!

This is an accelerated session meeting every other Thursday from 10am – 1:00pm. Average time spent on homework is approximately 3-5 hours per week.

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125 Area Businesses Receive Grants, Thanks to the Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund

The grants help local small businesses that have been hurt due to the economic downturn during the pandemic.

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Virginia Beach Natives Working to Predict Chart-Topping Music with Startup

A local startup is working to change how the world listens to music. The team is made up of musicians, engineers and neuroscientists investigating how music effects the brain.

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Other Must-Read Headlines You May Have Missed

Event Spotlight

October 21st, 2020
8:30 - 10:00am

This is not Business as Usual - Retail

A published keynote speaker, Marc Willson brings 40 years of experience to bear helping retail, restaurant and tourism-related small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public.

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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:

Lee Sheridan, Owner of Two Maids & A Mop Virginia Beach.

Xerxes Nabong, Financial Advisor and Owner of Escape Room Virginia Beach

Joe Bucci, Entrepreneurship Professor at Regent University

The Entrepreneurship and Business Academy at Kempsville High School

Jaynee Sasso, Founder of SeniorRuns

Gary Plaag, Founder of Couragio Consulting

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

October Virtual Events

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October 16th, 2020
8:30 - 10:00am

This is Not Business as Usual - Restaurant

A published keynote speaker, Marc Willson brings 40 years of experience to bear helping retail, restaurant and tourism-related small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public.


October 17th, 2020
9:00am - 1:00pm

Military Owned Market in the ViBe

The Military Owned Market is Virginia Beach’s only curated market that showcases the best Military Owned businesses in our area.


October 20th, 2020
9:00 - 10:30am

Dissecting the Wide World of SEO

Tips and techniques to help jump start your marketing strategy for the holiday season & beyond


October 22nd, 2020
9:00 - 10:30am

Cut-Throat Content Strategy

It’s just like an in-person Trivia Night, but we play over Zoom. This Virtual Trivia Night is on October 8th at 7:00pm. You can RSVP by getting a tickets.


October 22nd, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show

Join Tim and Zack as they discuss hot topics with entrepreneurs across the Peninsula.

[FB Live]

October 23rd, 2020
8:30 - 10:00am

Fulfillment Pivot - Pack it and Ship it

A published keynote speaker, Marc Willson brings 40 years of experience to bear helping retail, restaurant and tourism-related small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public.


October 28th, 2020
8:30 - 10:00am

eCommerce for Retailers

Gone are the days that your bricks and mortar store could stand alone because of the experience you offer your customers is unparalleled.


November 4th, 2020
5:30 - 8:30pm

Start Peninsula's Final Event

The final field is set, now watch the final 10 pitchers compete for the top prize. The top 3 pitchers will each win $5,000 in seed funding. 

October 29th, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show

Join Tim and Zack as they discuss hot topics with entrepreneurs across the Peninsula.

[FB Live]

October 30th, 2020
8:30 - 10:00am


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