By Tim Ryan

At Innovate Hampton Roads, our mission is to energize and elevate the entrepreneurial spirit within the Hampton Roads region. Today, we’re thrilled to share a groundbreaking initiative that promises to revolutionize Portsmouth’s retail sector.

Bloom, a visionary in fostering retail entrepreneurship, is launching an exceptional accelerator program designed explicitly for Portsmouth-based retailers. This initiative, generously funded by the Portsmouth Economic Development Authority, is not just an opportunity – it’s a launchpad for aspiring retail entrepreneurs in the Portsmouth community.

Imagine a space where your retail dreams can take flight – that’s what Bloom offers. This dedicated retail space is more than just a physical location; it’s a nurturing environment with an educational program tailored to retailers. Here, entrepreneurs like you can learn the intricate nuances of running a successful retail business.

Keep 100% of Your Sales. Yes, you read that right! Participants in this program will have the unique advantage of retaining 100% of the proceeds from their sales. This aspect is pivotal, allowing entrepreneurs to reap the rewards of their hard work and creativity fully.

In today’s digital age, a robust online presence is vital. However, the magic happens when you translate this virtual success into a tangible, physical retail experience. Bloom’s accelerator program is designed to do just that – help you convert ‘clicks to bricks.’ This enhances your business scope and contributes significantly to the vibrancy and economic health of Portsmouth’s retail landscape.

Are you passionate, driven, and ready to embark on a retail venture in Portsmouth? Your journey begins here. We invite you to learn more about this transformative program and take the first step toward realizing your retail aspirations.

Click here to explore the program in detail and submit your application. Let’s build a stronger, more innovative Portsmouth together!


Innovate Hampton Roads is committed to supporting and celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit in our region. Stay tuned for more stories of innovation, growth, and success in Hampton Roads. If you have a story that you’d like to share, submit it here.