From Inside Business
A legal services company and a network analytics firm have been selected as the two latest participants in the Virginia Beach Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, economic development officials announced Aug. 5.
Skalsky Legal and Aizle Analytics will be participating in the third session of the program. Each will receive a bevy of benefits and startup development assistance from Virginia Beach and the 1701 coworking space.
“This program provides an incredible business development opportunity for local aspiring entrepreneurs to work with 1701 over a three-month period at no cost to their business,” Mark Bright, 1701 entrepreneurship program manager, said in the announcement.
Skalsky Legal founder Wade Skalsky has been practicing law for 20 years. His new venture offers legal, advocacy and instructional services for individuals looking to expunge nonviolent offenses from their records.
“The majority of our clients are normal people who went through a negative period in their life that they have come through and are trying to move forward into a positive direction,” Skalsky said in an email.
In addition to legal aid, Skalsky said he is developing a class to help former offenders looking for a new job or applying for a promotion.
Aizle Analytics owner Jessi Webb worked as a Washington, D.C., consultant for seven years before moving to Virginia Beach and starting her business. While in D.C., she realized that every Fortune 500 company was asking for a network analysis study.
“Organization network analysis shows how organizations function as a network beyond the line and block hierarchy chart,” Webb said in an email.
She said the studies show what processes are holding up operations and help companies improve efficiency.
As part of the program, both companies will have access to workshops, mentoring and networking opportunities. They will also receive the benefits of a 1701 membership, including office space and free wireless internet.
Webb said she has already benefited greatly from the connections made through the program.
“Being located out of the 1701 coworking space for the program has been eye-opening,” she added. “(Having) so many different diverse organizations under one roof gives me access to an enormous amount of perspectives of how to build and market my business.”
Participants are selected for the program every three months. The deadline to apply for the next session is Sept. 6. For more information, visit 1701VB.com/eir.
By Trevor Metcalfe
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