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Business Impact NW Partners with AEO and GoDaddy

Megan Torgerson
Business Impact NW
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Business Impact NW Partners with Association for Enterprise Opportunity and GoDaddy

Partnership provides underserved entrepreneurs access to critical digital marketing tools

Seattle, Wash. – August 7, 2019 – Business Impact NW, the nonprofit providing financial and technical support to underserved entrepreneurs throughout the Pacific Northwest, is excited to announce a new program, Empower by GoDaddy in partnership with AEO. Engaging a curriculum created by GoDaddy and the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), the social impact program offers entrepreneurs free training, tools and coaching in an effort to accelerate their small businesses in the digital sphere. Facilitated by the Washington Women’s Business Center housed at Business Impact NW, courses are offered both online and in-person and will explore website creation, e-commerce, social media and email marketing. Additionally, participating entrepreneurs will have access to free digital products to establish an online presence.

“Creating and maintaining a digital presence is crucial to modern small business owners,” said Business Impact NW Executive Director, Joe Sky-Tucker. “We are excited to work with AEO and GoDaddy to provide our entrepreneurs with the digital marketing tools that will help their businesses thrive online and in their local communities.”

“GoDaddy knows that inclusive entrepreneurship fuels local economies, ultimately improving lives,” said Stacy Cline, Director of Corporate Citizenship at GoDaddy. “We believe that anyone, anywhere should have an equal opportunity to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality. But we also know that some people don’t have access to the right tools and support to get them going. For the last two years, we’ve worked hard to bring this program to more entrepreneurs and we are excited to expand our impact with AEO. Empower by GoDaddy seeks to find solutions that are tailored for each community. We are thrilled to use our knowledge and resources to help underserved entrepreneurs in a way that makes a lasting impact.”

To learn more about the program and how to participate, please visit: businessimpactnw.org/empower

To learn more about AEO and GoDaddy’s national effort to gives microbusiness owners in underserved communities across the U.S. the tools, skills and mentorship needed to build a successful digital presence, visit www.aeoworks.org/empower.

About Business Impact NW

Business Impact NW is a nonprofit community lender dedicated to serving communities of color, women, Veterans, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQ+, and low-income entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest through financial services, business advice and training. Our mission is to grow businesses that create jobs in underserved communities while promoting long-term positive economic change. Business Impact NW serves startups as well as existing businesses. They are dedicated to helping underserved entrepreneurs at every stage in their business growth. Our loan department offers lending services in Washington State and Oregon. Business Impact NW is located in Seattle, WA. But they also offer business support services in Washington State, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska through the Washington Women’s Business Center (WWBC) and the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC). To learn more about our services or to make a donation, visit www.businessimpactnw.org.

About Association for Enterprise Opportunity

The Association for Enterprise Opportunity is the leading voice of innovation for microfinance and microbusiness. Our mission is to create economic opportunity for underserved entrepreneurs throughout the United States. We engineer transformational change through research, convening, incubation, and advocacy to foster a robust and inclusive marketplace. For more information, please visit www.aeoworks.org.

About GoDaddy

GoDaddy is empowering everyday entrepreneurs around the world by providing all of the help and tools to succeed online. With nearly 19 million customers worldwide, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company certainly visit www.GoDaddy.com.

About the author

Megan V. Torgerson

Megan is the founder of the storytelling initiative, Reframing Rural. She is an MFA candidate at Seattle University and holds a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing from the University of Montana. Megan grew up on a farm and ranch in Montana and is inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of rural communities.

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