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December 2020

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

#35 featuring Tim Ritter, Family Fun Xperience in Virginia Beach. 
Family Fun Xperience may be new to Hampton Roads, but that's not stopping them from contributing to the community. Check out FFX's 1 Less Straw Campaign, designed to help family owned and run businesses.

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

Region Roundup

8 Must Know Areas in Corporate VC

After engaging with hundreds of other CVC groups, I have learned that there isn’t a “cookie cutter” one size fits all approach to Corporate Venture.

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RISE Announces Launch of $1.5 Million 2021 Coastal Community Resilience Challenge

The Challenge will award a total of $1.5 million to small businesses with innovative flood-resilience solutions.

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757 Angels Applications Are Open

Need capital to grow your business? Apply to one of the nation's most active angel networks. 757 Angels applications deadline is January 13th. 

Apply Here

Why did Some get a lot More than Others During the First Round of PPP Loans in Hampton Roads?

While a number of loans went to smaller businesses, McNab said the majority of the money given out went to larger- and medium-sized businesses.

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Virginia Allocates $100 Million Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund, Benefitting 2,500 Small Businesses and Nonprofits

“Rebuild VA has been a critical lifeline for thousands of small businesses and nonprofits that are grappling with the ongoing public health crisis and the resulting economic fallout,” said Governor Northam.

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Applications for the Idea Factory Winter Session Now Open

The Idea Factory is a fast-paced, 6-week virtual program where you’ll learn how to test, improve, and validate your business idea.

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ODU's Community Spotlight Featuring: Oplign

Oplign founder, Jeff Gibson was featured on Old Dominion University’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s Take 5. Take a look!

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Hampton Roads Startup, Instant Teams, Awarded Contract to Build First-Ever Telehealth Solution for the US Air Force

The results of this first-ever telehealth solution for the Air Force will be an increase in the number of patients seen by doctors, an optimization of time during appointments, and improvements in both the accuracy and efficiency of virtual notation & documentation processes.

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Hampton Roads Biosciences Initiative Takes Shape with New Executive Director

Kevin Leslie has been appointed executive director of a new $14 billion biomedical research collaboration between Old Dominion University, Eastern Virginia Medical School and Sentara Healthcare.

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SBA Working Capital Loans Available in Virginia

Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and private nonprofit organizations in Virginia due to a drought from June 1 through Aug. 1, 2020.

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Navy Vet, Engineering Friend Aim to Nail Down New Markets for Invention

In March 2019, they contacted “Shark Tank,” the popular ABC business reality show, and were encouraged to apply.

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SVT Robotics: Evolution of Warehouse Technology: A Bright Spot for Stressed Supply Chains

SVT Robotics has a singular focus: To develop products that make rapid deployment of enterprise robot technology quick and easy.

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Virtual Conference Held to Empower and Help Black Business Owners

Black business owners and entrepreneurs are spending the start of the holiday shopping season learning about businesses and resources available to them in Hampton Roads.

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Other Must-Read Headlines You May Have Missed

Event Spotlight

December 17th, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show #36 Diversity and Inclusion Across the 757

Hear Tim and Zack discuss diversity and inclusion topics with Ronnie Parker, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the Hampton Roads Chamber.

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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.

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:

#35: Tim Ritter, Founder of Family Fun Xperience

#34: Nick Shucet, Owner of Romans Tide

#33: Chris Shelton, Owner of Cure Coffeehouse 

#32: Anthony Vittone, COO of DroneUp

#31: Dawn Brotherton, Owner of Blue Dragon Publishing

#30: Steve Waddell and Dave Scouler of Nasoni

#29: Joel Ankney, Owner of Ankney Law

#28: Blake Luse, Managing Director of Ferguson Ventures

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

December Virtual Events

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December 18th, 2020
9:00 - 10:00am

Coffee with CIT Gap Funds

Join CIT GAP Funds and fellow entrepreneurs on Friday at 9AM for virtual coffee via Zoom to discuss growing your company and funding opportunities.


December 24th, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show #37: The Live Music Industry Moving Forward 

Join Tim and Zack as they discuss the future of live music and entertainment with local musician Sammy Lee.

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December 31st, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show #38: Want to Write a Book? How about now? 

Join Tim and Zack as they discuss how right now may be the best time to write a book with Alesha Brown.

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We'll see you next year! Happy Holidays and Cheers to 2021! 

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