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StartWheel Newsletter

August 2020

In this edition, hear the incredible story of a local small business owner, read about the newest grants for small business owners in Hampton Roads, and pitch your business for $5,000!

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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.

Are you a small business with a recent success story? Let us know!

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Dennis Gray went through incredible hardships in the process of starting his business, Accurid Pest Solutions. Hear how he persevered to create a thriving business in Hampton Roads, and watch more on our website or YouTube page.

Join us every Thursday 11:00am to Noon on our FB Live!

Region Roundup

Local startup, Nasoni, Launches Products on Amazon

“Of course we’re a little biased, but we think it’s one of the very best you’ll find on Amazon”, says Steve Waddell, President & CEO of Nasoni. 

Read the full article
Rebuild! VA

Businesses and non-profits that are approved for a Rebuild VA grant may receive up to 3 times their average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum of $10,000.

Read the full article

Read the FAQ Guide to the grant
RISE Announces Four Finalists of the $500K Urban Mobility Resilience Challenge

The finalists will receive funding, business mentorship, and technical support to create a traffic app that guides drivers in real-time to avoid flooded roads.

Read the full article

Gather Opens Coworking Location in Virginia Beach on July 29th

With offices in Newport News and Norfolk, as well as three (soon to be four) in the metro Richmond area, Gather is leading the successful growth of professional coworking and private office spaces across the Commonwealth.

Read the full article
Williamsburg, York County, and Poquoson join forces to offer local businesses a new grant

The City of Williamsburg has teamed up with York County and Poquoson to offer local businesses a new $5,000 grant.

Read the full article
Norfolk Announces Grant Program

Formal approval by the EDA board of directors is expected to take place during their August 5th meeting and the fund will have $2 million to distribute.

Read the full article
Other Must-Read Headlines You May Have Missed

Event Spotlight

August 13th, 2020
6:00 - 8:00pm

Pitch Perfect

After all the work you put into your startup, your ultimate success often depends on the business pitch. Informal ‘elevator pitches’ are the way to sell your business and create relationships that secure future resources. 

Learn more
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 
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:

Nate Tschohl, Founder of SWIMNERD

Dennis Gray, Founder of Accurid Pest Solutions

Vicki Harrington and Cara Simpson of CrimDell SBN

Erik Olson, Founder of Array Digital and Marketer's Anonymous

Jim Carroll, Executive Director of the HR Small Business Development Center

Steve duBois, Patent Lawyer and Director of PPB Law

Chad Stenzel, Sales Expert from Sandler Training

Upcoming Shows

August 6th, 11:00am - 12:00pm: Featuring Tiffanie Rosier, Founder of AllStar Photo Booth

July Virtual Events

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August 5th, 2020
3:00 - 4:00pm

Boundaries: Why They are Essential and Setting Them Without Guilt

Nicole Weyer's 17 years of school leadership experience created a first-hand perspective on the power of organizational cultures in fostering wellness.


August 6th, 2020
8:00am - 3:30pm

Webinar: Business Plan Boot Camp

This seminar is designed for veteran entrepreneurs looking to start and grow their businesses! The seminar will be offered during a live webinar.


August 6th, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show

Hosts Tim and Zack are joined by Tiffany Rosier of AllStar Photo Booth, who will share how she has rolled with the punches and came out on top during Covid-19.

[FB Live]

August 6th, 2020
12:00 - 1:00pm

State of The Regional Workforce

Join the Williamsburg Business Council on Thursday, August 6th at 12 PM for a discussion on the state of the regional workforce. You’ll hear from Shawn Avery, President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, and Bill Mann, Executive Director of the Greater Peninsula Workforce Board.


August 7th, 2020
9:00 - 10:00am

Join CIT on Friday morning for a panel discussion on seed stage funding with Eva Doss from Launch Place, Jim Cheng from CAV Angels, George Pace from Shenandoah Valley Angels, and a Partner from Trolley Ventures.


August 7th, 2020
By Appointment

Free Small Business Meetings

1701 has partnered with the HR SBDC to offer free small business counseling services in the ViBe Creative District! All meetings will be virtual via Zoom.


August 12th, 2020
8:00 - 9:00am

This is Not Business as Usual

The materials and discussions are tailored to an audience of retail, restaurants, and hospitality owners. Marc will focus on safety, sales, marketing, customers, best practices and everyday operations during this challenging time.


August 12th, 2020
12:00 - 1:00pm

How to Grow your Small Business (Finances & Banking)

Finances and banking are paramount to launching your business - join Melissa Jeffries of BB&T at this event to learn how to start your growth.


August 13th & 14th, 2020
8:00am - 12:30pm

Class: Boots to Business

Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the SBA. The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals.


August 13th, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show

Hosts Tim and Zack are joined by Savannah from Gather, who will discuss the new flexible working spaces Gather is providing and the challenges they have faced in the past months.

[FB Live]
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