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August 2021
 
Hey, Everyone! It’s Tim here and I can’t wait to share with you everything that’s going on across #The757.

We are now weekly! Welcome to the StartWheel Weekly! 
  • An event focused publication will be listed in the 1st and 3rd weeks month
  • News and celebrations focused newsletters will be published in the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month
Why? There is so much happening around the region that we need to break up the length of each newsletter. We know that endless scrolling can be a drag.  

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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.  

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We've added an open job listing feature
 
If you’re running a startup/small business, we want to help you fill those positions. So, if you’re hiring and want a free place to list your open positions to a curated audience, look no further. 

» 757 Collab Diversity Director
» Advertising Account Manager
» Life Science Business Mentor
» 757 Collab Mentor Manager

What else would like StartWheel to do? We want to know!   
 
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 Event Spotlight

August 31st, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

Proposal Writing Tips & Tricks

This session will present some common sense tips on how to write an effective state or federal contract proposal.

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September 1st, 2021
9:0am - 10:00am

1 Million Cups - Every week, entrepreneurs present business ideas to the local community.

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September 2nd, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show #73 with Erica McMannes

Did you know that only 4% of businesses hit $1M in revenue? Tim Ryan and Zack Miller are the creators The Fervent Four Show, designed to help you get there.

[StartWheel Live]

September 2nd, 2021
12:00 - 1:00pm

Future Proofing Your Business with Blockchain

FOMO on blockchain for your business? We’ve got you covered.

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September 3rd, 2021
9:00am - 10:30am

Coffee with CIT Gap Funds

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

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September 8th, 2021
9:00am - 10:00am

1 Million Cups - Every week, entrepreneurs present business ideas to the local community.

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September 8th, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm

2021 Home-based Business Lunch & Learn Series

Small Business branding made simple

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September 9th,  2021
9:00am - 12:00pm

DOD SBIR/STTR Proposal Planning & Prep Webinar

This webinar presents proposal preparation tips for those targeting a DOD SBIR/STTR submission.

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September 9th, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm

The Fervent Four Show #74 with Nate Marcus

Did you know that only 4% of businesses hit $1M in revenue? Tim Ryan and Zack Miller are the creators The Fervent Four Show, designed to help you get there.

[StartWheel Live]

September 9th, 2021
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Critical Mass – High Tech Networking & Happy Hour

Standing monthly events, 2nd Thur, alternating Southside at Keagan’s in VA Beach Town Center and Peninsula at The Vanguard in Hampton.

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September 14, 2021
7:30am - 9:00am

Coffee Connection – Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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

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September 14, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Entrepreneurial Education: What Happens If We Succeed

Join Chris Gatewood with Threshold Legal Counsel to Learn About Smart Structure and Preparation for Advanced Tech Startups

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September 15th, 2021
9:00 - 10:00am

1 Million Cups - Every week, entrepreneurs present business ideas to the local community.

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September 15th, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm

757 Startup Studios: Virtual Information & Q&A Session

Learn more about what 757 Startup Studios has to offer! 

[Sign-up to Attend]

[Apply to 757 Startup Studios]

September 15th, 2021
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Pitch your startup for a chance to be 1 of 3 $500 winners, and qualify for a Shark Tank-style competition in November to win $5,000!

[Apply to Pitch]

Now October 19th, 2021
6:00pm - 8:30pm

Colley Executive Offices hosts 757 Pitch

757 Pitch is back – 7 Competitors for a winner-takes-all prize package valued up to $10K.

[Register]
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Region Roundup

Big news we couldn't wait to share with you! 

The Business Development Center (BDC) at ODU offers assistance for the VWIEC program

The Business Development Center (BDC) at ODU assistance and financial support for certification and licensing for the VWIEC program.

Read the full article

757 Angels Reports Another Year of Unprecedented Success

757 Angels reports another year of unprecedented success.

Read the full article

TechArk Solutions named to Inc. 5000 list in a year that disrupted the entire business world

Virginia-based digital solutions company has been included in the annual Inc. 5000 list.

Read the full article

SVT Robotics Named Top Supply Chain Startup 

Retail Executives Select Winner in Startup Innovation Awards 

Read the full article

Virginia Peninsula Chamber to Hold 2021 Military / Business Job Fair

The Peninsula Chamber, and its Military Affairs Council, hosts this event annually with an average of 80 companies from around the mid-Atlantic participating.

Read the full article

How 757 Accelerate drives results for startups through founder focused programming

757 Accelerate is a non-profit accelerator program that speeds up startup success through mentors and other supportive resources.

Read the full article

Fairfax County, Nation’s 7th Largest School Division, to Implement Rubin Emerge District Wide

FCPS, which is also the biggest school system in Virginia, plans to incorporate Emerge lessons on email etiquette, LinkedIn, networking, entrepreneurship and others within various CTE classes spanning 9th to 12th grades.

Read the full article

NASA Leverages Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center’s Tech Center to Cultivate New Startups

Tech Center Research Park (TCRP), part of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center’s enterprise, is partnering with NASA to bring space-related technology to market.

Read the full article

Norfolk Software Company to Expand, Create 37 Jobs

SVT Robotics, a company that accelerates the deployment of industrial robotics, will invest $101,400 to expand in the Ghent area of Norfolk.

Read the full article

CIT and VISA Developing Playbook to Advance Unmanned Systems Technology In Hampton Roads & Eastern Shore

The announcement of the playbook and search for UxS solutions began with the Unmanned Systems UxS Industry Engagement Summit on July 28 at Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center at Nauticus.

Read the full article

Norfolk Launches New Online Tool Helps Budding Entrepreneurs Develop Their Small Business

Don’t wait until daylight to develop your new business! StartGrowBiz is a new, online tool that will walk budding entrepreneurs through planning, launching, managing, and growing their business.

Read the full article

Entrepreneurial Opportunities & Competitions

Apply to join the next cohort at 757 Startup Studios. Click to apply!
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! Apply to Pitch
Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. is pleased to announce the fourth installment of STARTUP Franklin Southampton. The business plan competition serves to provide financial assistance and business training within City of Franklin and Southampton County limits.

Applications are now being accepted. For a full list of dates and contest requirements, visit here

Fervent Four Show Recap

#72: Brandon Johnson: The Importance of Being Well-Rounded in Business

Brandon Johnson, Owner of Vintner’s Cellar Winery of Yorktown, joins the show to discuss why he purchased the Vintner’s Cellar Winery, things to consider when acquiring a business, and the importance of optimism in entrepreneurship.

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

#71: George Berry: The Ins and Outs of the Trucking Industry

George Berry, Founder at Pioneer Transport, Inc., joins the show to discuss the ins and outs of the trucking industrygrants + funding opportunitiesfor businesses in Hampton Roads, and why NOW is the time to invest in the trucking industry.

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

#70: Micah Miller: The Importance of Finding Your Niche

Micah Miller, Managing Member and Founder at Easton Outdoors, joins the show to discuss all things Easton Outdoors, the importance of creating a strong web presence and his proven 5-step sales process.

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

#69: Dave Rosen: Using Science to Make Creative Business Decisions

Dave Rosen, Co-founder and CEO of Secret Chord Laboratories, Inc., joins the show to discuss his journey from PhD to FounderSecret Chord Laboratories, and the upcoming closed beta product release of Dopr â€“ a software designed to help artists better forecast song performance.

Interested in learning more? Watch the full show as well as mini clips on our website or YouTube page.  
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 11:00 am - 12:00 pm on StartWheel Live. 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:

#72: Brandon Johnson, Owner of Vintner’s Cellar Winery of Yorktown

#71: George Berry, Founder at Pioneer Transport, Inc.

#70: Micah Miller, Managing Member and Founder at Easton Outdoors

#69: Dave Rosen, Co-founder and CEO of Secret Chord Laboratories

#68: Eric Thomas, Co-founder & President at Rival Digital

#67: Josh Green, Director at the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program

Here's the entire FFS library.
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