A Hampton Roads class for startup companies has begun accepting applications.Called 757 Accelerate, the non-profit program wants to support new businesses by helping them identify their biggest growth hurdles.The five to eight selected companies will get office space and $20,000. The participants also will be matched with mentors.The application process opened Tuesday and will close June 22. The first group of companies accepted will start the three-month program Aug. 27.By the end, participants will pitch their companies to investors for seed money.757 Accelerate recently received a nearly $500,000 federal grant, which involved the collaboration of five cities and several universities. The program, a partnership of Reinvent Hampton Roads, the 757 Angels investor group and the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, has also put up matching grants of $500,000, half of which came from TowneBank.For more information, visit www.f6s.com/757accelerate/apply. … [Read more...] about Hampton Roads program offering $20,000 to startup companies begins taking applications
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Nearly 120 years after the Spanish-American War, most people’s memories begin and end with the heroic charge of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders up San Juan Hill.Some may recall Commodore George Dewey’s daring night attack in the Battle of Manila Bay, too, but for most the huge global struggles that followed in World War I and II have pushed the brief clash with Spain into the shadows.But America’s declaration of war on April 25, 1898, signaled a landmark transformation at home and abroad, and it marked Hampton Roads’ emergence as a leading asset in the newly vital national task of projecting military power.That legacy paved the way for the massive defense build-ups that reshaped the region during the World Wars and continue to define it generations later.“The Spanish-American War is not as well-recognized as it should be for the way it changed our country and singled out Hampton Roads,” says former Virginia War Museum director John V. … [Read more...] about Remembering a forgotten war: Spanish-American conflict puts Hampton Roads on alert
It’s not every day that a retail Goliath falls, leaving the smaller competitors the spoils, but that could be the case with Toys R Us and Babies R Us as the debt-ridden company liquidates its stores. For those wondering where to shop next, smaller mom-and-pop shops carrying specialty baby gear and toys dot Hampton Roads.Jessica Detamore, who co-owns Le Bebe Chic Boutique in Chesapeake with Misty Young, said her shop plans to add more gear, a maternity line and nursing bras based on feedback from Babies R Us customers.And Brenda Cornwell, owner of Mom and Me Boutique in Virginia Beach, is considering bringing in more clothing lines and equipment to increase inventory.“We do everything but the diapers,” said Brandy Brown, co-owner of Rock a Bye Baby in Virginia Beach with her mother-in-law, Cindy, who opened the first location in the Outer Banks. With Toys R Us on the way out, she expects her toy room to get a jump in customers.April Stutz, manager of the A … [Read more...] about With Babies R Us, Toys R Us closing, where to shop next in Hampton Roads?
If home is where the heart is, there are plenty who find it inside a box of Girl Scout cookies. Locally and around the world, Gift of Caring cookie donations warm hearts and bring the comfort of home to others.At a ceremony in Norfolk in April, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast celebrated the collection of 27,461 boxes of cookies sold as Gift of Caring cookies and donated to the United Service Organizations of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia.Additionally, three area Girl Scouts were singled out for highest Gift of Caring donations: Maureen Keller of Troop 805 in Chesapeake; Zoe Tanner of Troop 916 in Chesapeake; and Christina Coleman of Troop 155 in Virginia Beach.Theresa Coleman, mother to Christina and troop co-leader, said the Gift of Caring cookies hold deeper meaning since the death of her father, James Clark, age 68.“He was a wonderful family man,” she said, noting that he and Christina, 10, often sold cookies together.Christina and her grandfather plotted to break … [Read more...] about Thousands of boxes of Girl Scout cookies sent from Hampton Roads to military service members
Of all the spectacles mounted by the 1907 Jamestown Exposition during its momentous seven-month run, none was bigger than the May 13 blowout that marked the 300th anniversary of America's first permanent English settlement.Starting at midmorning, column after column of sailors and marines from more than a dozen foreign ships moored off Old Point Comfort and Sewells Point marched past a jam-packed grandstand in full-dress review, followed by a larger, still more martial display of thousands of U.S. Marines, sailors and infantry mixed with cavalry, field guns and military marching bands.Then there was the eye-popping sight that erupted as darkness fell over the Norfolk fairgrounds, with hundreds of thousands of lights strung across the buildings, thousands more hung high above the decks of 50-plus warships and countless paper lanterns borne by a swarm of boats.More spectacle came from the parade of illuminated water floats re-enacting such historic themes as the English settlers' ships … [Read more...] about ‘Meet us on the War Path!’: 1907 Jamestown Exposition drew millions to Hampton Roads