"These insights led to the funding of $18M in Gilbert towards business recovery."
Director of Economic Development, Gilbert, AZ
GoDaddy Venture Forward is a research initiative that quantifies the impact 20+ million online microbusinesses have on their local economies, and provides a unique view into the attitudes, demographics, and needs of these entrepreneurs.
Introducing The New Microbusiness Data Hub
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Over the last four years, Venture Forward has met with hundreds of local policymakers, economic development planners, researchers, and academics to share what we know about microbusinesses. Nearly every conversation ended with a request to have access to the raw data so that they could use it in their own modeling as they sought to better understand and advocate for microbusinesses.
In response to these requests, Venture Forward has built the Microbusiness Data Hub. With three unique data sets ready for download (and more on the way), in addition to free access to surveys which include insights from over 17,000 microbusiness entrepreneurs, the Microbusiness Data Hub is here to assist the efforts of all those working to support and strengthen their microbusiness communities.
Built on decades of helping entrepreneurs succeed and backed by data of what microbusiness entrepreneurs need to grow; we're collaborating with cities on customized and free training to their microbusiness communities.
Just published: Mayors and Businesses Driving Economic Growth -- featuring GoDaddy's Venture Forward partnership with the Mayor of Gilbert on the data-informed COVID-19 small business recovery program.
Q1Y22 Microbusiness Activity Index (MAI) Report is Live!
Our goal is to empower policymakers and economic developers with the data and insight they need to The latest GoDaddy/UCLA Anderson Forecast quarterly MAI report is live and shows microbusiness activity remains strong, and in particular, online engagement has picked up. See which cities were the biggest gainers.
Brookings: Microbusinesses flourished during the pandemic. Now we must tap into their full potential.
Amid the economic tumult of the past two years—with nearly 30% of small businesses closing their doors at the height of the pandemic, workers quitting their jobs at historic rates, and ongoing disruptions to the global supply chain—one positive trend shined through: A record number of Americans started online microbusinesses.
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They’re the people who build websites, run restaurants, and offer classes online. But their impact has largely gone unnoticed. Our mission is to change that. We use data to show policy makers how microbusinesses make communities more prosperous and resilient.