By Tim Ryan
The City of Virginia Beach has just rolled out a groundbreaking initiative that’s set to galvanize the local entrepreneurial scene. The program, aptly named Thrive @ The HIVE, is tailormade for home-based businesses, startups, and military spouses who are looking to ignite their entrepreneurial spark.
A Boon for Virginia Beach Businesses
If you’re an existing Virginia Beach startup, home-based business, or a military spouse with an entrepreneurial bent, you’re in luck. The city has launched Thrive @ The HIVE, a program designed to supercharge the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and stimulate economic growth by providing access to crucial resources – all at no cost to those who qualify for the program.
Imagine having free access to a premium workspace, replete with all the essentials you need to get your business off the ground. That’s exactly what Thrive @ The HIVE promises. For a two-month period, members will have complimentary access two business days per week to The HIVE – the City’s business resource center located in the bustling Town Center of Virginia Beach.
More Than Just a Workspace
But the program is not just about offering a physical workspace. Participants will have access to office space, meeting rooms, laptops for on-site use, high-speed Wi-Fi, copy machines, phones, and a slew of other amenities designed to make your entrepreneurial journey smoother.
Moreover, the city will provide a range of free professional assistance, including seminars, workshops, and an array of business resources. The HIVE, alongside its affiliated business organizations, will extend these benefits to Thrive @ The HIVE participants, aiming to equip them with the right tools and knowledge to succeed.
A Vision to Nurture Entrepreneurship
The HIVE, which threw open its doors in August 2021, aims to be more than just a coworking space. It serves as a knowledge hub, connecting like-minded individuals in the City and the region, and provides valuable resources to help businesses blossom.
“I believe this program will be instrumental in providing crucial support to the growing number of entrepreneurs in Virginia Beach,” says Ihsane Mouak from the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development. “By celebrating small businesses, their tireless efforts, and their positive economic influence on the community, the City hopes to empower and inspire more entrepreneurs to succeed.”
How to Get Involved
If you’re interested in participating, the City of Virginia Beach and its Department of Economic Development are now inviting applications for Thrive @ The HIVE. But you better act fast! Availability is limited, and spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To check your eligibility and apply, visit yesvirginiabeach.com/thrive or contact The Hive at, 757-385-2470 | thehive@
Thrive @ The HIVE is not just a program; it’s a symbol of Virginia Beach’s commitment to nurturing entrepreneurship and a testament to its belief in the power of small businesses to drive economic growth. So, if you’re ready to take your business to the next level, this is your chance. Apply today and be part of Virginia Beach’s thriving entrepreneurial scene.