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Special Note to BNI Members:

Thanks again for letting me crash your meeting this morning, and especially to Karen Dzupinka for the opportunity. I enjoyed getting to know some of you and look forward to visiting again!

Herein is the StartWheel Newsletter I mentioned. We send it out about once per month. This one was sent last Friday.

You can also find tons of networking events, workshops, etc. on our Calendar—we've connected 40+ calendars from around the region that support entrepreneurs, small biz, tech, and innovation including Meetups, BizConnect, ODU Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, etc.

If you're not interested in subscribing and were just reluctant to raise your hand, you can unsubscribe here. No hard feelings :-)


Chris Shelton
Executive Director
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StartWheel Newsletter

Volume 2 | Issue 1

Your source for Hampton Roads' startup and innovation news.
Read on for stories, events, and resources you need to know about!

What We Do

StartWheel is a centralized hub for news, events, and resources related to entrepreneurship and innovation in Hampton Roads. We aim to support and cultivate the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. Check out our website at to learn how you can join us and connect with the community.

We hit the streets (co-working spaces, incubators, universities, etc.) to cover startups, resources, and events you should know about—and deliver them to your inbox, social media feed, and on the web.

Application Deadlines

757 Angels
Applications due Jan. 16

Learn more about the application and screening process...
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HR Chamber Small Business of the Year
Nominations due Jan. 7

Don't miss this opportunity to get a lot of free publicity for your business.
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Applications due Jan. 7

$757 cash prize...apply today!
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Top Stories

757 Angels Strong, Invested $14M in 2018

757 Angels finished 2018 strong with $14M invested in the last 12 months. Since launch, the group has invested $40M resulting in the creation of over 250 high-paying jobs.
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Is your startup ready for the Inside Business spotlight?

Let’s face it—getting free publicity is hard work. Lucky for you, Inside Business is making it easier. Find out how to get your company in the Startup Spotlight.
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William & Mary’s Business School Continues to Rank High in 2018

In one of the most watched rankings of national MBA programs, William & Mary’s full-time program ranked 30th overall, 1st in learning, 9th in networking, and 17th for entrepreneurship.
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How NASONI’s Founder Found Funding

From delivering his first pitches at Get Started: Hampton Roads and Start Peninsula in 2015 to taking home 757Pitch’s inaugural win in 2017, Steve Waddell has been on a relentless journey to breathe life into his revolutionary faucet idea.
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Resource Rally

Each newsletter edition we highlight a local resource that can help grow your business.


Retail Alliance is committed to strengthening the retail community in Hampton Roads by championing for your success, educating you and your peers, and building lasting relationships far beyond your membership.

The Retail Alliance is a non-profit trade association serving the interests of local retailers in Hampton Roads since 1903. We promote and support the healthy growth of retail businesses and trade through our signature programs: STRIVE educational workshops, Center for Retail Excellence education, Virginia Retail Federation legislative lobbying and industry advocacy, LOVEVA Buy Local rewards program, plus many other discounts and member benefits..
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Upcoming Events

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Jan. 10, 2019

Pierce McCoy, PLLC
101 W. Main St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Startup Night @ Pierce McCoy

Start the year out on the right foot by joining us at Pierce McCoy Law Firm for Startup Night to hear the newest business “pitches” from your peers.
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Jan. 12, 2019

757 Makerspace
237 W. 24th St.
Norfolk, VA 23517

Intro to 3D Printing

This workshop is designed to introduce beginners to the art of working level knowledge of 3D printing.
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Jan. 16, 2019

8:30am - 9:30am
838 Granby St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

Retail Alliance: STRIVE Workshop

STRIVE workshops provide local brick & mortar retailers a monthly one-hour in-person or live streamed workshop that focuses on topics of interest in today’s retail environment.
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Jan. 17, 2019

6:00pm - 9:00pm
ODU Innovation Center
501-B Boush St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

DEF Hampton Roads: Drink & Think

The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum is a non-profit network of problem solvers in the military, government and private sector that work together to increase innovation and support disruptive thinkers in the national security space.
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Jan. 23, 2019

8:00pm - 10:30am
ODU Hampton Roads Procurement Assistance Center
4301 Hampton Blvd., Rm. 1106
Norfolk, VA 23508

Proposal Development: Beginners Session

Start the new year off by learning how to bid and win government contracts. 
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Jan. 29, 2019

ODU Strome Entrepreneurial Center
237 W. 24th St.
Norfolk, VA 23517

757Pitch January 2019

The 10th running of our bi-monthly pitch competition where winners receive $757 in cash and up to $10k in services. 
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