Business incubator in Portsmouth helping startups thrive

(Photo courtesy of Joe Fisher/WAVY)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Starting a business is never easy. That’s why a new workspace is giving local entrepreneurs some relief.

‘Starting Block’ is a new business incubator in downtown Portsmouth which is sponsored by The Portsmouth Partnership; a nonprofit organization geared at increasing the city’s tax rolls through economic development.

The new business incubator is located on the second floor of the TowneBank building at the corner of Crawford Parkway and High Street.

“It’s a place for budding entrepreneurs to come and have a professional environment to do their job,” said Bria Robinett, executive director.

There’s a variety of office layouts for businesses to choose from, including; open space, cubicles, conference rooms and closed-door offices.

The rates range from $10 – 25 an hour, but Robinett says they’re also able to rent their facilities at a daily and monthly rate.

“We have a lot of availability in our office buildings and we want to fill that,” Robinett said. “We think that Olde Towne has the potential to be a thriving area for businesses.”

‘Starting Block’ now offers businesses access to the 1000Four for a low cost. The video tutorial program, created by Norfolk-based Hatch, offers startups everything from brand development to sales and finance help.

“It has anything you might need,” said Robinett. “If it’s 2 a.m. and you have a question while you are up late working on your business, you can access it right there, on-demand.”

Robinett says conversation and collaborations between different businesses is a priceless benefit to those who use the space.

“There are plenty of entrepreneurs throughout the region that could utilize this and we can all work together.”

The rental agreement for ‘Starting Block’ can be viewed here.

(Photo courtesy of Joe Fisher/WAVY)
(Photo courtesy of Joe Fisher/WAVY)
(Photo courtesy of Joe Fisher/WAVY)
(Photo courtesy of Joe Fisher/WAVY)


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