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February 2021

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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

#43: Need Capital for your Business?
Ever wonder what Angel Groups look for in startups? Hear Daniel Byler Clark share his perspective on what 757 Angels looks for--and you may be surprised that revenue is not always at the top of the list.

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

Region Roundup

Assembly, The First Building in Norfolk Office Campus Gathering Tenants, Looks at Spring Opening

When the Assembly office building opens in just a few months in downtown Norfolk, it will be almost fully leased with Hampton Roads companies and nonprofits.

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CMA CGM to Expand U.S. Headquarters and Launch Start-Up Incubator

French shipping group CMA CGM has announced plans to expand its U.S. headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia and launch a new startup incubator that will focus on developing technologies within the transportation and logistics sectors.

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Nasoni Bathroom Fountain Faucets Win IDA 2020 Product Design of the Year Award

IDA seeks to find new, innovative, and ground-breaking products that they can share with the world.

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Google's New Subsea Cable Between the U.S. and Europe is now Online

Google, together with its partner SubCom, announced that the company’s privately owned Dunant subsea cable between Virginia Beach, Virginia and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez on the French Atlantic coast is now operational.

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Hampton Roads Startups to Watch: 3 Founders Talk Finding Success in 2020

Wednesday’s event was moderated by Richmond Inno’s Elise Franco and featured Hampton Roads founders Ulrich Thienel, CEO of ReAlta Life SciencesA.K. Schultz, CEO and co-founder of SVT Robotics; and Dave Rosen, CEO and co-founder of Secret Chord Laboratories.

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Six Things You Need to Know About PPP Loans and Your Taxes

Taxes are daunting even without COVID-19 and PPP loans to worry about. Add in conflicting guidance by multiple government agencies and it is understandable that a small business owner may feel overwhelmed.

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How to Create Your Own PPP with Your Retirement Funds

Here are ways a business owner with retirement funds can help fund a business. Note: Taking funds from one’s retirement accounts should be a last resort due to the importance and value of having retirement savings.

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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!

Startup Virginia, VentureSouth partner to provide investment opportunities to Richmond Founders

Richard Wintsch, executive director of Startup Virginia, said Richmond has long been a hub in the commonwealth for startups and innovation, but it’s lacked the same local investment opportunities other regions like Hampton Roads have with 757 Angels, of Norfolk, and CAV Angels, of Charlottesville.

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Virginia Restaurant Lodging Travel Association Partners with DoorDash with a Relief Grant

DoorDash will award approximately 125 grants of $3,500 each for a total of up to $450,000 in grant money to Virginia businesses, so that local restaurants can continue to thrive.

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IRS Tax Extensions and Your Small Business

As a small business owner, one of those deadlines to keep in the back of your head is the federal deadline to file your taxes.

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Small Business Owners' Sword of Damocles

As we progress further into this New Year, many small business owners cannot help but have the feeling that they are sitting under, not one, but rather several Swords of Damocles.

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RISE Partners with Brinc on RISE's $1.5M Coastal Community Resilience Challenge

RISE, a Virginia based, non-profit organization providing one-stop-shop resources to entrepreneurs in the coastal resilience sector, announced today a partnership with global venture accelerator firm, Brinc.

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America's SBDC Launches New Virtual Report Showcasing Nationwide Network Results and 62 SBDCs

America’s SBDCs help make the dream of small business ownership a reality for more Americans — creating jobs and opportunities that build communities throughout the nation. 

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3 Things to Know if You're New to Gig Work

“These are the two key items that most new business owners overlook,” says Chris Russell, a San Diego-based certified financial planner who specializes in business owners and the self-employed.

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Chesapeake Offers a Third Round of Applications for their Small Business Recovery Grant

Chesapeake opened the online applications on Monday, February 1st, 2021.

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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.

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Event Spotlight

February 19th, 2021
9:00 - 10:00am

Business Opportunities in Offshore Wind

The offshore wind industry is poised for significant growth in the U.S., bringing with it a generational opportunity to create new jobs and grow Virginia’s economy.

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:

#44: Lauren WilsonLead Marketing Coordinator at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning,

#43: Daniel Byler Clark of 757 Angels

#42: Chanice Rawlison, Founder of 13b Bakery and Bistro

#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
Apply to be a guest on the Fervent Four Show

February Virtual Events

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February 16th, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm

City of Portsmouth Casino Project Outreach Event

Prospective trade partners will hear about bid opportunities, learn about SWaM certification with the Commonwealth of Virginia and have their questions addressed.


February 16th, 2021
10:00am - 12:00pm

How to Finance Your Business Venture

Find out about all the different resources available to finance your business.


February 16th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

Job Profitability for Small Business

In this session you will learn about the purpose of job profitability and the concepts needed to produce and understand the data making up job costing and job profitability.


February 16th, 2021
2:00 - 4:00pm

Engage in Entrepreneurship: WBC Orientation & SBA Web Resource Training

This class will introduce you to the Women’s Business Center at ODU Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and discuss available resources to help launch, grow and sustain your business.


February 18th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show #45 with Misty Leinberger

Join Tim and Zack as they everyone's favorite topic! Taxes! Seriously, taxes and PPP is a big topic and Misty will share everything you need to know.  

[YouTube Live]

February 19th, 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 23rd, 2021
10:00 - 11:30am

How to Use Video to Grow Your Personal Brand

Video helps you establish trust, create connection, and build relationships with potential clients and customers. And video can make that happen quickly.


February 24th, 2021
2:00 - 3:00pm

Responding to a Sources Sought

This course is designed to help Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and other members of the small business community understand what a Sources Sought Notice is and how responding to one impacts you, the procurement decision maker, and the potential opportunity. 


February 25th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show #46 with Chris Tillett

Join Tim and Zack as they discuss real estate development and how to strategize and ensure the highest and best land use while adhering to local/federal and military ordinances.

[YouTube Live]

February 25th, 2021
5:00 - 7:00pm

Virtual Business Connection After Hours - Insperity

Connecting business with opportunity. For more information, contact

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