"These insights led to the funding of $18M in Gilbert towards business recovery"
— Dan Henderson
Director of Economic Development, Gilbert, AZ
Venture Forward is a research initiative that quantifies the impact of 20 million online microbusinesses have on their local economies, and provides a unique view into the attitudes, demographics, and needs of entrepreneurs.
The latest report on the state of microbusinesses in the U.S., the Winter 2021 report, is now live!
Our goal is to empower policymakers and economic developers with the data and insight they need to better assist the microbusinesses in their communities and the everyday entrepreneurs behind them. This report is powered by the latest data from Venture Forward, a GoDaddy initiative to quantify the impact of 20 million online microbusinesses on the U.S. economy.
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.
Denison Development Alliance won a Gold Rank in the Business Retention and Expansion Initiatives from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for its Ecommerce Accelerator Incentive project.
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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.