Businesses without a strong website and online presence have been severely impacted by the global pandemic. Our FREE program helps create or update the websites of Baltimore microbusinesses.
Upgrade your existing business website or build a new one!
4-week learning intensives focused on web and digital presence.
Self-paced learning using an online platform and virtual support.
Learn and immediately use business strategies and with business coaches.
Free GoDaddy domain and website products for program participants.
Impact Hub Baltimore is partnering with GoDaddy to upgrade the online presence of Baltimore City microbusinesses like YOURS. Receive FREE GoDaddy products and business training to help grow your online digital presence.
Cohort 7 will take place in October 2023.
Cohort sessions will take place from 9a - 12p
in-person at Impact Hub Baltimore on
Mondays October 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd.
We can not support virtual attendance at this time.
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.
Impact Hub Baltimore is launching Empower by GoDaddy here in Baltimore. The goal of the program is to Improve the web presence and digital reach of Baltimore’s local businesses.
GoDaddy has run successful programs for entrepreneurs in London and Munich in partnership with local Impact Hubs. The Impact Hub network is known worldwide for building better businesses, designing impactful solutions, and re-imagining the future. Each Hub is locally rooted and globally connected, which enables our teams to guide global and national partners to adapt their offerings to the local context. Impact Hub Baltimore places community at the center of everything we do. As hosts to the Empower program, our role is to deliver a high quality experience, and ensure that resources reach the people and places that can benefit from them the most.
The goal of the Empower Baltimore program is to Improve the web presence and digital reach of Baltimore’s local businesses through three different learning opportunities:
Learning Cohorts: 4-week learning intensives focused on website and digital presence.
Self-guided Learning: Access to GoDaddy’s online learning platform.
Business Learning Summits: 2-day learning intensives featuring workshops, business leader roundtable discussions, peer review sessions, public sector education & advocacy.
Microbusinesses are local enterprises with less than 10 employees.
Empower Baltimore will focus on the following audiences:
We are looking for business-owners and entrepreneurs with the following profile:
The Empower by GoDaddy program is free. Impact Hub Baltimore will host two 4-week Learning Cohorts, each with a different application deadline. You can click here to apply for our next learning cohort. We recommend giving yourself 20-30 minutes to complete the application, but you can also save/pause your application if you need to step away.
Completing a Persona Research learning intensive is no longer a requirement for participating in a learning cohort. However, completion of a Persona Research learning intensive is HIGHLY encouraged. You can register for a Persona Research learning intensive here.
Once a business has completed the application it will be reviewed by our program committee.
Applicants will be notified at least two weeks prior to the start of a new cohort.
If accepted, microbusinesses should expect to spend 3 hours per week at in-person work sessions at Impact Hub Baltimore and an additional 1-2 hours on “homework” each week to apply what they have learned. Accepted businesses are required to attend the Orientation Gathering and are encouraged to access all the bonus content in order to gain the full value of the program.
Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. If accepted, microbusinesses should expect to spend 4-6 hours per week dedicated to Empower Baltimore and are encouraged to access all the bonus content in order to gain the full value of the program.
Business Learning Summits do not require an application.
We encourage you to visit our site frequently for program updates. There you'll find a list of Empower Baltimore events.
Additionally, Baltimore has a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem with increasing levels of collaboration across entrepreneurial support partners. Impact Hub Baltimore is coordinating with dozens of local partners to add context, character, and culture to each cohort and every event. IHB is open to working with more partners who are passionate about serving entrepreneurs in Baltimore City.
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