We need grants and angel investments that support start-ups and early-stage companies founded by local people for locally and internationally-based business endeavors. The 757 Angels Group says that their purpose is to fund businesses that will “derive the majority of revenues from sources outside of Hampton Roads.” Why do they charge people $100 to tell them that they don’t fit the criteria of not being focused on customers outside of our area? Why can’t they just give their funding to the best ideas and concepts instead?
Several movies have been filmed here over the past 3 decades such as Mission Impossible III and Captain Phillips, but no one feels like setting-up a company here to make it a real home for movie and TV making. Book and music publishing companies are also surprisingly absent from our area as well. The only record companies I am aware of only release hip hop and R&B and haven’t made any singles or albums that people have purchased or streamed in any great number. Most rock, pop, R&B, hip hop, country, and blues artists here struggle to be heard on local radio stations or to get national attention.
I have a plan for a new local search engine that will list business, real estate, jobs, coupons, events and classifieds listings all together. It is called www.757pages.com. I’m looking for a partner or partners to make it a success for myself and the region. That is exactly what every concerned citizen needs to learn how to do – work together with the smartest and most inspired people to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts. That is what it will take to truly Reinvent Hampton Roads.