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February 2021

Just by opening this email shows your commitment to the entrepreneurial community across #The757. Everyday hundreds of founders are working tirelessly to change the world for the better and they need our support to be successful. Thank you for being part of the entrepreneurial community! 

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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.  

Fervent Four Show

#41: Turning an Epiphany into a Business!
When Kathy Reagan Young was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), she decided it was time to live to the fullest. This meant starting her own business and podcast that is invaluable to the MS community.

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

Region Roundup

Hampton Roads based DroneUp Collaborates with Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola is teaming up with Walmart and DroneUp, a nationwide drone services provider, to bring Coca-Cola with Coffee and Coca-Cola with Coffee Zero Sugar to the “buzzworthy” community of Coffee County, Ga.

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Two Virginia Angel Networks Invest in the Shed Rental Marketplace

The Shed, a Richmond-based company that is transforming the product rental industry, announced today that it has received funding from 757 Angels and CAN (Charlottesville Angel Network)

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Hampton Roads Based Startup SVT Robotics are Making Robotics a Vital Part of the Food Supply Chain

Autonomously Guided Vehicles (AGVs) have evolved dramatically over the past decade. Along with new enhancements ...

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We did it! THANK YOU!!!

You voted us as the gold winners for the best Startup Program in Hampton Roads! We can't thank you enough for your continued support. Our mission is the entrepreneur and to be voted as number one is amazing. What a great way to start 2021!

Looking for an Overview of the Economic Aid Act of 2020?

Look no further, you can download it here.

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757 Angels Announces Investor Education Series: Due Diligence

757 Angels is proud to announce that their Investor Education Series will be continuing in February with Raza Shaikh, Managing Director at Launchpad Venture Group. Raza will help 757 Angels prepare for and perform due diligence on a company.

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Expanding the Limits of IV Site Monitoring: ivWatch Secures Four New Patents Globally

The company’s robust patent portfolio has expanded to 39 patents around the world protecting its core technologies.

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PPP FAQ - PPP2 Second Draw Loans

One of the most important qualifying requirements for Second Draw loans is that borrowers must show at least a 25% reduction “gross receipts” from 2019 and the same period in 2020

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10 Tips for Managing Small Business Finances

By understanding the basic skills needed to run a small business – like doing simple accounting tasks, applying for a loan or drafting financial statements – business owners can create a stable financial future and avoid failure.

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PPP: How to Calculate Max Loan Amounts for First Draw Loans

The second round of PPP funding portal opened for all lenders today, and already the SBA has issued a list of FAQs for borrowers and lenders related to first draw loans.  These scenarios include...

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$1.5M Flood Resilience Funding Opportunity

Are you a small business or startup with an innovative resilience solution in need of funding for pilots and growth? Apply to the $1.5M Coastal Community Resilience Challenge around Flood Management, Protection of Buildings, Re-establishing Critical Utilities, and Data Analytics.

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Applications Open for Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program with 1701 and Virginia Beach

Accepted applicants earn two and a half months of completely free coworking office space*, mentorship from the owners of 1701 & other experts in their field, and an abundance of resources.

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757 Startup Studios Applications are Open

Entrepreneurs of 757 Startup Studios will receive 6 months of free rent tenancy with an option of another 6 months if established KPIs are met.

Learn More
New Year: Fresh Start. Visit StartWheel's updated website 

We've rebuilt our website from the ground up so we can better support you! Check it out and give us your feedback. Here are some cool features: 

Add your events to our calendar 
List your business to our business directory 
Be a guest on the Fervent Four Show

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Event Spotlight

February 3rd, 2021
6:00pm - 8:00pm

757 Angel Investor Education Series: Due Diligence

757 Angels is proud to announce that their Investor Education Series will be continuing in February with Raza Shaikh, Managing Director at Launchpad Venture Group.

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

COVID-19 Grants

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.

Head to our website for the most current list of grant opportunities or click here

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. 

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:

#41: Kathy Reagan Young, Founder of FUMS and Patients Getting Paid

#40: Nick Sutton, Owner of Digital Lens Rental

#39: Tim and Zack, who recap what it was like to be an entrepreneur in 2021

#38: Alesha Brown, CEO of Fruition Publishing and Concierge Services

#37: Sam Eure, Musician and Founder of Iota Creative Collective

#36: Ronnie Parker, Officer of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Hampton Roads Chamber

#35: Tim Ritter, Founder of Family Fun Xperience

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

February Virtual Events

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February 3rd, 2021
2:00 - 3:00pm

Introduction to VA

This course introduces Veteran-owned and other small businesses to VA and its mission with highlights on services available through VA Small and Veteran Business Programs.


February 4th, 2021
8:30am - 2:00pm

NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Prep Virtual Classroom

The NSF SBIR/STTR program funds almost EVERY type of technology, awarding over $200M each year to high risk, high payoff technology R&D with a clear commercialization opportunity.


February 4th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show #43 with Daniel Clark of 757 Angels

Join Tim and Zack as they discuss angel investing, Startup Studios and growing your business.

[YouTube Live]

February 5th, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm

Lunchtime Live with Array Digital

Array Digital goes live each Friday at 12pm Eastern. Learn from experts sharing their advice, strategies, and lessons learned and answering YOUR questions about marketing, small business, and entrepreneurs.


February 9th, 2021
7:30 - 9:00am

2021 Virtual Coffee Connection - Sally Sheard, Liz Moore and Associates

The Coffee Connection (CC) is a networking event for business professionals on the Peninsula.


February 9th, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm

HRIC Tech Tuesday - VA Offshore Wind

Join George Hagerman, senior project scientist at ODU’s Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography and Lloyd Eley, manager of site construction, Dominion Energy for an in-depth view of the project to-date and what Virginia can look forward to over the horizon.


February 10th, 2021
2:00 - 3:00pm

Attending a DAP Event

This course explains the Direct Access Program (DAP) and how DAP provides Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and other small businesses with direct access to procurement decision makers from the federal government and the private sector through various networking events.


February 11th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show #44 with Lauren Wilson

Join Tim and Zack as they discuss business news, topics, and trends with Lauren Wilson.

[YouTube Live]
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