Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) Internship

This Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) opportunity is through two awards received through the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative. One is strictly for Coastal Virginia and one is for all four regions of Virginia called Nodes.


This is for a subsidized internship for small-medium sized companies within the Coastal Virginia area which includes Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore. We are the venue for internships for all of Coastal Virginia’s CCI area where we can provide a 25% internship subsidy to help defray the costs up to a maximum of $2500 for Virginia-based small-medium businesses as defined by the Small Business Administration.


The project must be cybersecurity related and the students must be from public Virginia universities, colleges, and community colleges pursuing a cybersecurity or cybersecurity related major. These subsidies are provided on a first come-first serve basis.


We have about 16 for the Coastal Virginia Node on a first come, first serve basis. The website is Questions: Debbie Murray –, 757-880-6591; Scott Bellows –, 757-876-4413.


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HR Huddle Series: Session 1

The HR Huddle Series discusses the challenges of managing the impact of COVID-19 for a small-to-medium sized business, particularly as employees begin to return to the office.


Session 1 of the Series

Join a panel of experts on Wednesday, August 26th from 2-3pm to learn about various COVID-19 challenges and solutions based on a case study from around the region.


Program Hosts

  • Dan Bell, Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative
  • Dave Richards, Concursive Corporation


Format: Live Case Study

Listen as experts discuss how a fictional global ocean freight carrier company might navigate the challenges and issues posed by operating in a COVID world.  Specifically, how do you manage safety protocols and employee concerns when an employee allegedly tests positive   Review the short case study in advance and consider how your thinking, experiences and ideas might align with theirs.


The Panel

  • Daniel MacKay, HR Professional and Panel Moderator
  • Kira Wong, Vice President of HR at ZIM Integrated Shipping Services
  • Cathie Vick, Chief Public Affairs Officer at the Port of Virginia
  • Shari Epps, Human Resources Director, Colonna’s Shipyard



  • Business owner / leader with limited Human Resources staff
  • Human Resources Professionals


Decision Time of Chesapeake


Decision Time of Chesapeake, Virginia  recently received a “Master” patent for a next-generation  Artificial Intelligence platform with the potential to generate an additional 500-1,000 patents.  This Adaptive Semantic Inference Mediation Platform (“ASIM”) design implements a multi-disciplinary decision support system with a more “human-like” cognitive and inferential capability to analysts and managers at all levels of expertise and within many types of analytic environments.


Link to full presentation:


Dennis Ackerman


Decision Time, LLC

REBUILD VA Small Business Grant Program

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The Rebuild VA Grant Fund is a program to help small businesses and non-profits whose normal operations were disrupted by COVID-19, including restaurants, brick and mortar retail, exercise and fitness facilities, personal care and personal grooming services, entertainment and public amusement establishments, and campgrounds.

Businesses and non-profits that are approved for a Rebuild VA grant may receive up to 3 times their average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum of $10,000.


Governor Northam Announces $70 Million Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to approximately 7,000 applicants

HAMPTON—Governor Ralph Northam today announced $70 million for small businesses and nonprofit organizations whose normal operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will be made available through Rebuild VA, a new economic recovery fund, and grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to approximately 7,000 applicants to cover eligible expenses.


Rebuild VA will be administered by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD). Businesses and nonprofits must be in good standing, have annual gross revenues of no more than $1.5 million, and have no more than 25 employees. Eligible businesses and nonprofits include food and beverage establishments, non-essential retail, exercise and fitness, entertainment and public amusement, personal care and personal grooming services, and private campground and overnight summer camps. Businesses must also certify that they have not received federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds or other funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.


“Small businesses and nonprofits are the backbone of the Virginia economy and the bedrock of our communities, and they have been devastated by this ongoing health crisis,” said Governor Northam. “Rebuild VA will help address the vast challenges that small businesses and nonprofits across our Commonwealth are facing as they work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Because many of the affected small businesses and nonprofits located in distressed and economically disadvantaged areas of Virginia, we are designating a portion of this funding to ensure they get the support they need.”


SBSD worked together with the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to develop Rebuild VA. The parameters for the initiative were established in House Bill 1505, which was amended during the reconvened session to implement a grant program for certain small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


“It’s clear that our COVID-19 economic recovery is going to be a marathon, not a sprint, and this puts great pressure on our small businesses to make costly, unexpected adjustments, from paid sick leave to purchasing PPE,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “It is our goal that Rebuild VA will help ease the burden on small businesses, which are the livelihood of many Virginia families.”


In an effort to accomplish the Northam administration’s objectives for diversity, equity, and inclusion, half of the program funds will be distributed to eligible small businesses and nonprofits operating in low-income and economically disadvantaged communities. This will help to meet the needs of underserved businesses and nonprofits with broad geographic diversity, while ensuring there is adequate representation of minority- and women-owned businesses.


“Access to capital remains the number one challenge for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said SBSD Director Tracey G. Wiley. “At a time such as this, providing funding to the most vulnerable businesses—the unbanked and underserved is our primary objective. The Agency is proud to administer Rebuild VA in partnership with our sister agencies across the Commonwealth.”


Rebuild VA funding may be utilized for the following eligible expenses:

  • Payroll support, including paid sick, medical, or family leave, and costs related to the continuation of group health care benefits during those periods of leave;
  • Employee salaries;
  • Mortgage payments, rent, and utilities;
  • Principal and interest payments for any business loans from national or state-chartered banking, savings and loan institutions, or credit unions, that were incurred before or during the emergency;
  • Eligible personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfecting materials, or other working capital needed to address COVID-19 response.


SBSD will hold several webinars to review eligibility requirements and documentation needed to apply when the application opens on August 10, 2020. A one-pager on Rebuild VA is available here.


For more information about Rebuild VA, eligibility criteria, covered expenses, and how to submit an application, please visit


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