Author: Dan Bell

Session 29: Fervent Four with Tim and Zach

Wednesday (yes Wed), May 3, 2023 – 12-1:00p EST

Led by: Tim Ryan (StartWheel, Reaktor, podcast host) & Zach Miller (serial entrepreneur, author & podcast host)

Tim Ryan and Zack Miller are the creators of The Fervent Four Show, designed to help entrepreneurs break through the $1M revenue mark.

Listen to Tim and Zach talk about their goals in starting the Fervent Four and how they feel it is favorably helping our regional entrepreneurs achieve their business growth goals.  Also, check out Fervent Four every Thursday at 11 AM on StartWheel Live, the StartWheel Facebook page, or on the StartWheel YouTube page.

Session 27: Microsoft Open AI

Microsoft has a strong open-source program that encourages contribution, respects license obligations, and allows engineers to use open source with ease, work in the open, release projects, and be secure.

Today, it’s not uncommon that we use over 150,000 open-source components each month while building products and services.

Relentless automation, engineering system innovation, and making it easy for our developers to “fall into the pit of success” have been key to using open source at enterprise-scale.

Here are just a few of the ways that we’ve built a strong open-source program. We’re sharing our process in hopes it helps others be more successful in open source too.


Session 26: An Exporters Journey

Held Feb 14, 2023.

Led by: Aaron Miller – Director – International Business Development; VA Small Business Development Center

Chris Machut – Entrepreneur, and Founder of Netarus

Join us for a conversation that will address critical considerations and resources for global success. Attendees will learn about numerous resources, information, and services available to small businesses entering global markets. You will hear from Chris Machut, entrepreneur, and founder of Netarus, about his export journey to success and how he worked with Virginia’s wealth of trade partners.


  • How to get started or expand your international sales
  • How to leverage the network of US embassies overseas to your advantage
  • How to offset costs and maximize opportunities regardless of business stage or scale
  • How to utilize local, state, and federal resources to help grow your international sales

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Session 25: Metaverse and Web 3

Session 25: The Future of Web 3 and the Metaverse

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 – 12-1:00p EST

Led by Joe Weaver – Spatial Computing Specialist SA – Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Web3 is the newest version of the internet. That sounds huge, and it is, but the internet isn’t being uninstalled and replaced with a new version. Rather, it’s about adding to what we already use. And don’t worry if you’re confused about AR vs. VR, you love VR or you hate them both—there will be something for everyone. Web3 will eventually shape what the metaverse is and how we shop (AI may pick out the best VR headsets for us, for example) and will keep our data more secure.

In the metaverse, users traverse a virtual world that mimics aspects of the physical world using such technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), AI, social media and digital currency. The internet is something that people “browse.” But, to a degree, people can “live” in the metaverse.Oct 3, 2022

Join this session to hear Joe Weaver’s thoughts on where the industries are today, and when ready, how these advancements in technology will impact our work and personal lives.

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Session 24: The Launch of HR BIZWHEEL “Powered by StartWheel”

Date: Monday, November 28, 2023

Led by Tim Ryan (StartWheel) & Dan Bell (HRIC), with a Website Overview by Alan Hagerman (HRIC Board)

HRIC and StartWheel have collaborated to launch HR BIZWHEEL, a series of programs and expanded web-based web portal services (powered by StartWheel).

As this effort evolves, we will have an increasing number of regional companies listed, enhancing the view of who we are as a business regional ecosystem, even marketing and promotion of our businesses.  More coming, but the journey has begun.

Dan Bell, Chairman of HRIC, stated: “These new systems and programs are nearing completion to provide better visibility of our regional business footprint. This will lead to the opportunities we have all been waiting for: business partnerships, funding opportunities, and national attention.”

Tim Ryan, Executive Director of StartWheel, said: “Our region has all the right pieces in place to be a dynamic and thriving ecosystem. Together, we can emphasize our innovation and businesses in all forms of entrepreneurship needed to make our region the best place to start and grow a business.”


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