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StartWheel Newsletter

August 2020

In this edition, learn about 757 Angel's newest Associate Director, find a local grant for your small business, and learn how to best apply for PPP loans!

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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

Savannah Bolin is the Regional Director of Gather, which recently opened its newest location in Virginia Beach. Watch Savannah discuss her mindset on competition and watch the full show and/or mini clips on our website or YouTube page.

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

Region Roundup

StartWheel Nominated for Best Business Incubator / Startup Program

StartWheel has been nominated for Best Business Incubator/Startup Program in the Excellence in Business category. We work tirelessly to be your clearinghouse for the entrepreneurial community. We'd be honored if you could take a second and give us a vote. 

Vote here! or 
Daniel Byler Clark Named Associate Director of 757 Angels

“I feel honored to be joining 757 Angels as the Associate Director. It feels amazing to be back in the 757 working with such an impactful organization spotlighting the talent and opportunity that Hampton Roads has to offer.” - Daniel Byler Clark, Associate Director @ 757 Angels

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Grow named 2020 Small Agency of the Year by Ad Age

Founded by Drew Ungvarsky in 2004, Grow has become one of the world’s foremost digital experience agencies, crafting innovative work for Google, adidas, Spotify, lululemon, Burberry and more.

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Applications Open for 757 Angels

Need capital to grow your business? Apply to one of the nation's most active angel networks. 757 Angels application deadline is  September 7th.

Apply Here
Suffolk Executive Offices Offers Covid-19 Relief

Suffolk Executive Offices will analyze each application on a case by case basis and funding will depend on how much funds are available. 
Applications for the grant are open from August 3, 2020 through August 17, 2020.

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1701 Announces Two Programs to Assist those Searching for Employment

If you have had the dream to be your own boss or have been diligently working a side hustle, or perhaps you have lost your job, 1701 is inviting you to come work on those passion projects, dreams, and side hustle goals in their space.

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VA Beach, Secret Chord Labs wins 'Startup of the Year' at Wallifornia MusicTech accelerator

Wallifornia MusicTech is a Belgium-based company that hosts its accelerator as a series of workshops focused on sales, negotiations, investor relations, growth “hacking", digital strategy, communications and storytelling. 

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757 Accelerate Welcomes Cohort #3 and Announces 757X

757 Accelerate is excited to announce the five new companies comprising Cohort #3!  These five promising companies will hit the ground running for their 12-week intensive startup program beginning on August 24th.

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Apply now to pitch your business / business idea at Start Peninsula
12 entrepreneurs will walk away with seed funding. Applications are open to pitch (idea). The top 6 pitchers from Sep 22nd and Oct 13th micro pitch events will compete on Nov 6th for 1 of 3 $5,000 prizes. All events will be held on Zoom. 

Apply to pitch
Chesapeake Announces Small Business Covid-19 Recovery Grant

All businesses with 50 employees or less, are eligible for up to $10,000 in relief — including those that have received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).

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Norfolk based Ario Selected for First Dominion Energy Innovation Center Accelerator

“We see this as an opportunity to build on some of the remarkable changes happening in Virginia around the energy grid, such as the clean energy legislation and Dominion’s carbon commitments,” said Adam Sledd, director of the Dominion Energy Innovation Center.

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Other Must-Read Headlines You May Have Missed

Event Spotlight

August 20th - 22nd, 2020
12:00 - 5:15pm

Invention-Con 2020

Are you an independent inventor, entrepreneur, small business owner, or intellectual property (IP) professional? If so, mark your calendars now for Invention-Con 2020, coming Thursday – Saturday, August 20 – 22. This year’s theme is “Your IP: A power tool for building success.”

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:

Savannah Bolin, Regional Director of Gather

Tiffanie Rosier, Founder of Allstar Photobooth

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

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

August Virtual Events

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August 18th, 2020
9:00am - 2:00pm

NSF & NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Essentials WEBINAR

This special four-hour+ virtual classroom will present proposal preparation tips for those considering an SBIR/STTR submissions to upcoming NIH, NSF and other granting agencies.


August 19th, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm

PPP Forgiveness Application (Virtual)

With the moving target that is the details on the SBA’s Payroll Protection Program, it should come as little surprise clients that were able to get it now wonder if they have to pay it back, or how much. Join us and BB&T to discuss what you need to know to be prepared when completing the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application.


August 19th, 2020
3:00 - 4:00pm

Creating Your New Next

An Interactive series designed to encourage discussion and sharing so that we are learning from one another.


August 20th, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show

Hosts Tim and Zack are joined by local entrepreneurs who share their best stories, secrets, and funny stories.

[FB Live]

August 21st, 2020
9:00 - 10:00am

Virtual Coffee Hour with the CIT GAP Investment Team - Seed Stage Funding

Join CIT GAP Funds and fellow entrepreneurs on Friday at 9AM for virtual coffee via Zoom to discuss growing your company and funding opportunities.


August 21st, 2020
12:30 - 3:30pm

Headshot Day

Whether you are sending an email, generating traffic to your website, giving a presentation, or updating your Linkedin – you need a professional headshot. In today’s digital age, most people will see your headshot before they even meet you. 


August 26th, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm

SWAM Certification Information Workshop (Webinar)

Are you a small, women-owned, or minority-owned business who wants to do business with the Commonwealth of Virginia? Small business owners who are looking to participate in Virginia’s specialized procurement and contracting opportunities are encouraged to become SWaM certified. 


August 27th, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show

Hosts Tim and Zack are joined by local entrepreneurs who share their best stories, secrets, and funny stories.

[FB Live]

August 28th, 2020
11:00am - 1:00pm

Gather Virginia Beach Official Ribbon Cutting

Join Mayor Bobby Dyer, City Council, the Hampton Roads Chamber, and Gather leadership for Gather Virginia Beach’s ribbon cutting celebration!

Ribbon Cutting – 11:30 AM

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