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.

Preparing your microbusiness
Updated February 2024

The Microbusiness
Data Hub

Over the last five years, Venture Forward met with hundreds of local policymakers, economic developers, researchers, and academics to share what we know about microbusinesses.

A closer look at microbusinesses

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.

Cost-of-Living Crisis Threatens British Microbusiness Economy  

Cost-of-Living Crisis Threatens British Microbu...

Cost-of-Living Crisis Threatens British Microbusiness Economy  

The spiraling cost-of-living may be the biggest threats to microbusinesses, as almost one in three look to these ventures as their main source of income.

Profile of a US Microbusiness

  • Less than 10 employees
    95%
  • Started in 2020 or later
    39%
  • Earn over $5,000 last month
    29%
  • Saw revenue grow in last 6 months
    33%
  • Unaware of business assistance, funding, and government programs
    67%
If Emma McLeavy has time for a side hustle, so do you

If Emma McLeavy has time for a side hustle, so ...

If Emma McLeavy has time for a side hustle, so do you

For more than 10 years as a commercial banker, mainly in the small business sector, Emma McLeavy helped other entrepreneurs get their dream careers off the ground.

Venture Forward opened our eyes to just how big of a venture market we have in Gilbert…That ultimately led to the funding of $18 million worth of business recovery funds.
Dan Henderson
Dan Henderson
Director of the Office of Economic Development, Gilbert, AZ
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