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In this edition, learn about the latest drone technology in Hampton Roads, see the winners of the Start Peninsula Pitch Competition, and visit a military market to support military-owned businesses.

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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: 

Local Startup DroneUp is partnering with Walmart to deliver Covid test kits via drone to those in need. Interested in learning more? 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 Winners Announced!

Start Peninsula is proud to announce the 3 winners of their annual pitch competition! Congratulations to Hampton Roads startups Wave Coffee Brewer, Chair One Fitness, and Hottrok on their pitches and $5,000 grants.
757 Angels Recognized as a Leading Angel Group in North America

For the second year in a row, 757 Angels has been recognized by the Angel Capital Association as a top 10 angel group in North America based on dollars invested.

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Help Shape the Next $1.5M RISE Resilience Challenge

RISE builds resilience of coastal communities through innovation. Since 2019, RISE has deployed more than $3 million to 15 companies to develop, validate, and demonstrate new solutions in the living laboratory of coastal Hampton Roads, Virginia.

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SVT Robotics extends SOFTBOT Platform Deployment

The SOFTBOT Platform allows you to integrate, configure, and deploy robotics solutions in days or weeks, rather than months or years. That means by the end of the year, you could have automation up and running, PLUS a big tax break.

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Winners announced for Start Peninsula 2020

Pitches were five minutes with a three minute question-and-answer session with the judges. The final event included a keynote from Safety Nailer, who participated in Start Peninsula 2018 and was featured on Shark Tank earlier this year.

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Other Must-Read Headlines You May Have Missed

Event Spotlight

November 21st, 2020
9:00am - 1:00pm

Military Owned Market in the ViBe

Enjoy a wide range of vendors, everything from hot sauce to plant studios, coffee to tactical gear.

Support military-owned businesses, build community, and drive awareness to military centered non-profits!

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 

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:

Anthony Vittone, COO of DroneUp

Dawn Brotherton, Owner of Blue Dragon Publishing

Steve Waddell and Dave Scouler of Nasoni

Joel Ankney, Owner of Ankney Law

Blake Luse, Managing Director of Ferguson Ventures

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

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

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

November Virtual Events

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November 19th, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show

Join Tim and Zack as they discuss hot topics with Chris Shelton, owner of Cure Coffeehouse.

[FB Live]

November 19th, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

Dept. of Homeland Security SBIR Intro

This session will be led by the DHS SBIR Program Director and will discuss the details of the Dept. of Homeland Security SBIR program’s upcoming SBIR solicitation.


November 20th, 2020
10:00 - 11:00am

Ask a Bookkeeper

Kate Johnson of Heritage Business Services offers her bookkeeping skills to any and all small businesses in the Virginia Beach area.


November 23rd, 2020
10:00 - 11:30am

Temporary Emergency Standard - Protect Your Business

As a result of COVID-19, Virginia was the first and one of a few states to introduce temporary emergency standards for the workplace. If you have employees and fall under VOSH's jurisdiction, this is a must attend.


November 23rd, 2020
1:00 - 2:30pm

Telework Strategy for the Future

This is a “FREE” webinar and assistance establishing a telework program for your company can also be done at no cost.


November 24th, 2020
3:00 - 4:00pm

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