NYC moves towards disability inclusion
Last week, Disability:IN was proud to join a roundtable discussion with the New York City Comptroller, Scott M. Stringer.
The roundtable discussion was focused on ways the City can expand resources to Emerging Business Enterprises (businesses that are owned or operated by individuals who have been socially or economically disadvantaged). The Comptroller is interested in starting a conversation on how the City can work closer with and recognize disability-owned businesses (DOBEs), service-disabled veteran businesses (SDV-DOBEs), as well as LGBTBEs, certified by our allies at the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
Several Disability:IN certified DOBEs and SDV-DOBEs as part of USBLN’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program were at the event and spoke about the importance of creating economic opportunities for people with disabilities and how doing business with the City would help to grow their businesses. In attendance were Disability:IN certified businesses: CityMouse, Precision Group LLC, Our Ability, R.Baker & Son, and Base One Technologies.
The Comptroller was eager to hear about the challenges that DOBEs, SDV-DOBEs, and LGBTBEs face when doing business with the City and how his office can work to lessen those challenges. He is also interested in seeing how the City can recognize the Disability:IN and NGLCC certifications, to allow all our certified businesses to have greater opportunity and access to contracts with the City.
This was the first in a series of conversations that will occur in order to expand recognition of our certifications. We look forward to working with New York City and other states and municipalities to create more economic opportunities for business owners with disabilities.
Disability:IN Helping Disability Suppliers Perfect the Pitch
Cynthia Masters, Founder and CEO of DBS Interactive, a Disability:IN certified disability-owned business enterprise (DOBE), discovered first-hand the power of the pitch during this year’s Pitch Tank Competition, held at Disability: IN’s annual conference in Las Vegas.
DOBE Spotlight Series: Bender Consulting
Bender Consultants don’t just understand disability as a business model, they understand it on a personal level. The company’s leadership, as well as approximately 90% of its staff, are individuals with disabilities.
DOBE Spotlight Series: Betta Beasley
Prior to founding 2rbConsulting, Betta Beasley, the company’s CEO, led an interesting professional life.
DOBE Spotlight Series: Artura Taylor
Artura credits Disability:IN certification and the Disability:IN Conference for building the type of relationships that have helped her grow as a business owner and a leader. “After attending the Disability:IN conference last year, I’ve been able to secure calls with companies I would never have been placed in front of.”
USBLN And VIB Network Announce Partnership Agreement to Benefit Veteran Business Owners
The Disability:IN and the Veterans in Business (VIB) Network are proud and excited to announce a new partnership agreement that will enhance the business opportunities and professional development of veteran-disability owned businesses and service-disability veteran owned businesses.