Empower by GoDaddy, in partnership with ignite sparked by BBB, is a premier 16-week Main St. Accelerator.
Gain experienced and practical advice from industry experts.
Engage with business leaders to solve the pain points that many businesses face.
Establish meaningful relationships with like-minded business owners.
Receive free GoDaddy products to reach business goals more efficiently and effectively.
1:1 Mentorship to meet the unique needs of varied industries so participants can turn ideas into clear business actions.
Empower by GoDaddy is GoDaddy's global community and philanthropic program equipping entrepreneurs in underserved communities with training, tools and peer networks to accelerate their journeys.
Better Business Bureau® Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) launched Empower by GoDaddy to deliver this education to Main St. entrepreneurs who want to ignite their venture. This multiweek program is a premier Main St. Accelerator and only accepts a limited number of applicants per cohort.
Better Business Bureau® Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB), is one of the most innovative BBBs in the nation with startup support including incubation, funding, acceleration and accreditation.
BBB is dedicated to helping build better businesses with ethics at the forefront, which aligns with GoDaddy’s mission of empowering entrepreneurs everywhere, making opportunity more inclusive for all. BBB is proud to collaborate with GoDaddy, a long-time BBB Accredited Business, to bring these important resources to our communities.
Empower by GoDaddy participants will graduate the program with the confidence and knowledge to skyrocket their business to the next level! The well-rounded program provides virtual training sessions, mentorship, and amazing networking opportunities. Past participants received legal audits and advice courtesy of Snell and Wilmer and financial guidance courtesy of Desert Financial Credit Union. Educational resources, mentorship, and coworking were provided by BBB, and free technology products and technical assistance were provided by GoDaddy. The inaugural cohort won over $10,000 in prizes!
Main St. entrepreneurs are small business owners who make a big impact in the community! Small businesses comprise 99.9 percent of all U.S. businesses and are the unsung heroes keeping the heartbeat of our economy alive.
Main St. entrepreneurs are the types of businesses you'd see on a quintessential downtown street - from a florist to a mechanic, a salon to a coffee shop, tradespeople and every service professional in between.
Empower by GoDaddy is for Main St. entrepreneurs who want to take their businesses to the next level.
Compared to a business incubator, Empower by GoDaddy was created as an accelerator for those who wish to improve or scale their business. The program is geared toward entrepreneurs who need extra support in business operations, finance, legal, marketing, and digital media. Applications are being accepted from businesses operating in the BBB Pacific Southwest’s service area, which includes Greater Arizona and Southern California.
The waitlist for the 2021-22 cohort is now open. The application is free and courtesy of GoDaddy, all accepted participants will receive a full program scholarship valued at over $5,000.
Accepted participants should expect to pay a one-time $99 material program fee. If a business is unable to cover the material program fee, limited scholarships are available.
Once a business has completed the waitlist application, they will be invited to formally apply in the fall of 2021. All applications will be followed by virtual interviews in order to move on to the next phase of the program. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis.
If accepted, businesses should expect to spend 4-6 hours per week dedicated to Empower by GoDaddy. Accepted businesses are required to attend all virtual training sessions and are encouraged to meet with mentors regularly in order to gain the full value of the program.
BBB is actively seeking key partners, speakers, and mentors for the Empower by GoDaddy program. Those passionate about serving entrepreneurs and helping them increase efficiencies to ignite their businesses are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for partnership opportunities.