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March 2021

Just by opening this email, it shows your commitment to the entrepreneurial community across #The757. Every day 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

#47: Using Every Obstacle as an Opportunity

Pitching your business can be an intimidating feat...hear what Alexis Perkins, founder of Chair One Fitness and 2020 Start Peninsula winner, has to say about overcoming your fears of pitching and public speaking.

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

#48: Marketing During the Super Bowl

Trying to market an under the radar brand? Cassidy Lewis, CMO of Cooper Hurley, gives her advice on creating buzz on the Fervent Four Show.

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

Region Roundup

Newport News Enterprise Zone Applications Due April 1st

Businesses that created four or more new jobs or invested $100,000 or more in 2020 may be eligible for the state’s job creation grant or real property investment grant.

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757 Angels Awarded Nationally as a Top 10 Angel Group

Since its founding six years ago, the group has brought more than $74 million into 33 Virginia-based companies — mostly based in Hampton Roads.

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Start Peninsula Announces New Brand, 2021 Host and Event Schedule

Start Peninsula is pleased to announce that it will return for its tenth annual year in 2021 with a new brand and multiple events. Beginning in March, Start Peninsula will host a series of four micro pitch competitions held throughout the year.

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Techstars' The Shipyard Launches Entrepreneur Slack Community

The Shipyard recently launched its Slack community to bring entrepreneurs closer together. The community offers a place to chat, ask for help, get intros, and share info.

Join the Slack Community

The Launch Place Completes its First Venture of 2021

Cloud-based SaaS startup OrbitalRX receives The Launch Place’s first investment of the year.

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Discussing Opportunities for 757 Entrepreneurs

Check out Tim Ryan, Executive Director of StartWheel, on Tage Talks Business. Listen to host Tage Counts and guest Tim Ryan discuss Tim’s career with the entrepreneurial community, all things StartWheel.org and future opportunities in the 757.

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Applications are Open for the Dominion Energy Innovation Center Summer Accelerator Cohort

The 18-week program provides 6-8 startup companies with networking space and intensive mentoring to help accelerate the growth of participating businesses.

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Newport News Entrepreneur Chosen to Lead New Startup Program

Aazia Mickens-Dessaso has been selected as the new executive director of ecosystem development for a new collaborative program between 757 Accelerate and the Colorado-based seed accelerator Techstars.

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Lighthouse Labs Welcomes 10 Teams to Their 10th Cohort

The teams competed for the 10 slots from more than 200 applicants and represent a diverse set of industries, geographic locations, and stage of the company.

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Tasty Wood-Fired Pizzas from Norfolk's Bakehouse Will Soon Be Served at New Brewery Location

By the end of March, the Bakehouse plans to be slinging its pies on a second wood-fired pizza oven inside Elation Brewing at 5104 Colley Ave., less than 3 miles from the first Bakehouse.

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

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

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Other Must-Read Headlines You May Have Missed

Event Spotlight

Micro Pitch Competition
March 18, 6:00-8:00pm
Pitch your business idea for a chance at $5,000 in seed funding

Hampton Roads, VA! Are you interested in pitching your startup? Have a great idea that needs to be heard? Apply to pitch in our Micro Pitch Competition!

 Register

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 to 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 JCarroll@hrchamber.com or call 757-664-2595 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:

#48: Cassidy Lewis, CMO of Cooper Hurley

#47: Alexis Perkins, founder of Chair One Fitness

#46: Chris Tillet of Tillet Advisors LLC

#45: Misty Leinberger, CPA and Owner of Pixel Financial Group

#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
Apply to be a guest on the Fervent Four Show

March Virtual Events

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

How to Finance Your Business Venture

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

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March 17th, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm

Bridging the Connection: Procurement Opportunities in Norfolk and Hampton

Take advantage of millions of dollars to be awarded in projects! Projects and resources will be presented for public project contracting.

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March 18th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm


The Fervent Four Show #49 with Joe Weaver, CEO of Ario.


Joe will discuss his entrepreneurial journey and the next steps for Ario, an Augmented Reality application.

[StartWheel Live]

March 23rd, 2021
9:00 - 10:15am

Swam Certification Info Session with the City of Virginia Beach

State (SWaM) Certification is one of the most powerful business tools you can use to grow your sales among state agencies, public colleges and universities, local municipalities, and private sector firms that utilize the SWaM database.

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March 24th, 2021
9:30 - 10:30am

How to be a Magnet in Customer Service

Learn Winning Ways to not only pull customers and clients closer but HOW to KEEP them engaged.

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March 25th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm


The Fervent Four Show #50 with Chef Chris Hill 


Join Tim and Zack as they meet with entrepreneurs across the Peninsula and discuss entrepreneurship and hot topics.


[StartWheel Live]

March 31st, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm

Tech Talks: Reinventing the Faucet

Nasoni, LLC President and CEO, Steve Waddell will be presenting his patented technology that has revolutionized the modern faucet.

[Register]

March 31st, 2021
12:30 - 1:00pm

Tips to Developing and Effective Investor Pitch Deck

The Investor “Pitch Deck” is one of the most important documents you will create when seeking outside capital.

[Register]
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