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March 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

#46: How to Network and Succeed Doing it
Navigating around the local landscape can have its challenges. Chris worked with the City of Norfolk and later transitioned to start something new. Hear Chris Tillett's advice for getting the most out of those around you.

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

#45: Growing Your Business Through Knowledge

Tax season is approaching! As a startup, what should you look for in a professional accounting firm? Hear Misty Leinberger's advice for startups looking to get the most out of their tax professionals.

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

Region Roundup

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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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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14-Day PPP Loan Period for Businesses with Fewer than 20 Employees is Now Open

Recently, the Administration announced several additional changes to the current round of PPP funding. The goal of these changes is to provide greater access to capital to applicants that have been historically disenfranchised.

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Techstars Bets Big on the Hampton Roads Startup Ecosystem with New Executive Director

Aazia Mickens-Dessaso has been named Techstars’ Executive Director of Ecosystem Development for Hampton Roads.

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Covid-19 Pandemic: A One-Year Retrospective

Who would have thought that we would look back and now consider January 2020 as “…the good old days…”?

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America's SBDC and USTelecom Team Up to Bolster Small Business Cyber Defenses

Because a small or medium-sized business cyber failure or data breach can impact the broader digital ecosystem, leading to financial and reputational loss, service disruption, and in some instances, loss of life, helping these companies strengthen their defenses is imperative.

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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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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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Idea Factory Open for Spring Session

Startup Virginia is now accepting applications for the next session of the Idea Factory, a fast-paced, 6-week virtual program where you’ll learn how to test, improve, and validate your business idea. The application deadline is Monday, March 8th. 

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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

Applications Open!
Pitch your business idea for a chance at $5,000 in seed funding

Start Peninsula is back! Apply to pitch your business on March 18th. This event is limited to 10 pitchers so be sure to register today! 
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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

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 recovery@hrchamber.com 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:

#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

#41: Kathy Reagan Young, Founder of FUMS and Patients Getting Paid

#40: Nick Sutton, Owner of Digital Lens Rental
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March Virtual Events

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March 2nd, 2021
7:00 - 8:30pm

Wallenberg Lecture

Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of charity: water and NYT Best-Selling Author gives a keynote lecture on humanitarian issues.

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March 3rd, 2021
9:00am - 12:00pm

Partner Event: Norfolk State University Vendor Opportunity

Join the VA SBSD and the Norfolk State University Procurement Department for an opportunity to virtually meet with procurement professionals and others from key departments who buy goods and services for NSU.

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March 3rd, 2021
2:00 - 3:00pm

How to Leverage Social Media

This course defines Social Media and highlights the differences between your personal and professional social media accounts.

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March 4th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

Customer Capture begins in Your Phase I SBIR

How will you leverage your SBIR/STTR Phase I project into future funded work and sales revenue? Identifying your markets and principals early in Phase I is a key success criteria.

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March 4th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm


The Fervent Four Show #47 with Alexis Perkins


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

[StartWheel Live]

March 4th, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Resources for Inventors, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs

The USPTO has a wealth of resources for individuals interested in learning more about protecting their intellectual property and who need assistance doing so.

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March 9th, 2021
7:30 - 9:00am

Virtual Coffee Connection - The Commonwealth at York

The Coffee Connection (CC) is a networking event for business professionals on the Peninsula.

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March 9th, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm

HRIC Tech Tuesday - State of Cyber

Cyber-attacks are rapidly growing in intensity, frequency, and sophistication, resulting in exponential growth in cyber risk exposure to all stakeholders.

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March 10th, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm

2021 Home-Based Lunch & Learn Series

Host: Poquoson Economic Development | Speaker: Marc Wilson, Hampton Roads SBDC | Topic: Preparing your Home-based Business for the Post Pandemic World

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March 10th, 2021
2:00 - 3:00pm

Navigating Beta.SAM.gov

The General Services Administration (GSA) manages federal acquisition and awards processes in 10 online websites which are now being merged into one.

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March 11th, 2021
2:00 - 3:00pm

The Business of Phase III SBIR at DoD

Just exactly what is a SBIR/STTR Phase III and what does it take to get there? Does the SBIR/STTR program fund Phase III? Hear the answers in our webinar.

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March 11th, 2021
2:00 - 3:00pm

Filing a Provisional or Non-Provisional Utility Patent Application

This module addresses important considerations when filing a U.S. patent application including both provisional and non-provisional type utility applications.

[Register]

March 11th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm


The Fervent Four Show #48 with Cassidy Lewis 


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


[StartWheel Live]
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