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.

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Microbusinesses are key to levelling-up agenda

Microbusinesses are the engine of the British economy. Businesses with 10 employees or fewer make up 96% of companies in the UK, so when they thrive, we all do.

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49% increase in side hustles as Brits contend with rising cost of living

New data from GoDaddy Inc., shows that the number of ‘side hustles’ has grown by almost half in the past two years as Brits contend with the rising cost of living.

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GoDaddy Showcases Microbusiness Resiliency Post-Pandemic

GoDaddy Inc, the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, announced the launch of a new video series, "This is Where We Stand."

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San Diego ranked No. 1 in women-owned micro-business starts over the past year

The pandemic has taken a toll on small businesses nationwide, but a new study shows there has also been a rise in entrepreneurship and micro-businesses.

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A Small World: Will Micro-Businesses Help Level Britain’s Uneven Economy?

Can Micro-businesses help level the uneven U.K. economy? A new report from GoDaddy suggests they can but there is a potential problem. As things stand, the density of small companies tends to be greatest in already prosperous regions.

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Yorkshire has highest proportion of microbusiness owners from disadvantaged areas, according to study

Yorkshire has the highest proportion of microbusiness owners from economically disadvantaged areas, according to a new study.

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Black Entrepreneurship on the Rise, New Study Reveals

New research has revealed that entrepreneurship is on the rise, and especially so amongst Black Americans.

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How the Great Resignation is driving a boom in startups from more diverse founders

The great resignation is creating more startups. New business registrations have hit record highs during the pandemic. People from more diverse backgrounds are opting to set up on their own.

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Entrepreneurship surged during the pandemic. Here are some tips for taking the plunge.

Experts share best practices for starting and sustaining a small business in 2022.

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A Mayor Makes the Case for Investing in Micro-Businesses

The smallest U.S. enterprises became more numerous during the pandemic. Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt says cities need to start paying attention.

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U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting: Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti and Others

The U.S. Conference of Mayors held a session on city priorities and economic development during its winter meeting in Washington, D.C. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) gave keynote remarks, addressing the challenges cities face, infrastructure, and community investment.

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Miami is a microbusiness powerhouse, research from GoDaddy confirms

Small businesses hold an important place in the American psyche. Startup founders are particularly vocal proponents of the dream to grow an idea into the next big thing. According to new research from Venture Forward...

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Women entrepreneurs drive online microbusiness growth

Women are responsible for more than half of online microbusinesses started in the U.S. since the onset of the pandemic.

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Report: Black-Women Online Microbusiness Owners Are Optimistic About Growth During The Pandemic

Despite the devastating impact the pandemic has had on small businesses around the world, a new report says Black-owned micro-businesses (sole proprietorships with no more than two employees) that operate online have confidence that they will be extremely successful. In even better news, Black women are leading the pack.

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More people are launching small businesses. Here are the best places to start.

The best place to start a business is Raleigh, North Carolina — at least according to a new study by LendingTree. The company crunched the numbers around tax environments, business survival rate, the education levels...

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GoDaddy Observes World Mental Health Day with Profile Featuring Entrepreneur and Mental Health Advocate, Thea Monyeé

“For years I never came at it from the empowered position of being an entrepreneur,” Thea says. “The website was my way of starting to test the waters and build a side business.”

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3 ways business owners can avoid supply chain shortages and lock in holiday-season profits

Up to 74% of retailers say the holiday shopping season is a cash cow for their businesses. A retail expert shares how to avoid shortages this year.

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Millions of Americans got stimulus checks. Many used them to start small businesses.

Stimulus checks fueled a surge in microbusinesses.

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‘Small but mighty’: Microbusinesses are unsung heroes of Baltimore’s economy

Baltimore may have a hidden economic talent: microbusinesses. The metro area has 192,000 online microbusinesses, with 32,500 in the city limits itself.

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Micro-businesses can play an important role in economic growth: Milken Institute

The venture recommends that such businesses assume a more prominent position in local policy discussions as metro areas recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Microbusinesses Power Local Economies And Provide Women With Entrepreneurial Openings

It’s often said that what gets measured, gets managed. A new report by GoDaddy Venture Forward measuring microbusinesses reveals they are a powerful “hidden” economy in America that deserves attention.

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4 cities show how to boost Black entrepreneurship and help close the racial wealth gap

Chattanooga's fast, affordable internet access and Tulsa's decreasing the cost of living are blueprints for supporting Black business owners.

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How to boost the ROI on Biden’s $100 billion broadband plan

One of the biggest ticket items in the Biden administration’s infrastructure proposal is $100 billion to bring affordable broadband internet connectivity to the 30 million Americans who don’t have it.

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GoDaddy CEO: The second round of PPP loans will help the smallest businesses. But more needs to be done

When the federal government announced the Payroll Protection Program a few months after the pandemic began in 2020, many microbusiness owners -- those with just one to 10 employees -- assumed...

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The Hill's Coronavirus Report: GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani says DC policymakers need to do more to support ventures and 'solo-preneurs'; Federal unemployment benefits expire as coronavirus deal-making deadlocks

GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani says DC policymakers need to see microbusiness data and do more to support ventures and “solo-preneurs,” says getting more skills and training support into economy and minority communities now could be transformative.

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New Study: Microbusinesses Play Unsung Role In Economic Rebound

Microbusinesses are on the front lines of helping local economies recover from the job losses and business interruptions of the COVID-19 crisis, according to new research from Venture Forward, a multi-year research project at GoDaddy.

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Microbusinesses could be the key to surviving the COVID-19 recession

People’s online microbusinesses and side hustles might be helping their hometowns’ resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study by the web-hosting company GoDaddy suggests.

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GoDaddy CEO: Small businesses have pivoted and adapted during the coronavirus pandemic

To GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani, there are glimmers of hope starting to emerge in a small business community shaken to its core by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Tiny Digital Businesses Play Key Role in Local Economies, Study Says

In the vast ocean of modern online commerce, Candis Jones, who designs and makes women’s jewelry, is a minnow.

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Venture Forward Partners with UCLA Anderson Forecast to Study Online Microbusinesses and Local Economies

UCLA Anderson Forecast uses GoDaddy's Venture Forward data to develop first-of-its-kind index of microbusiness activity.

GoDaddy Venture Forward Partners with Mastercard's City Possible Initiative

Partnership designed to foster inclusive entrepreneurship and economic development across the country.

Venture Forward Celebrates One-Year Anniversary Welcomes Two New Board Members

Venture Forward appoints of two new members to its board of directors: Elliott Robinson, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, and Nicole Walker, Managing Partner at Arboretum Ventures.

GoDaddy Introduces Venture Forward, A Multi-Year Research Project that Uncovers the Impact Microbusinesses have on America's Economy and Communities

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