The Resource Network: A USBLN Certified DOBE® Making the Right Connections
Disability:IN highlights various disability-owned business enterprises (DOBEs) through the DOBE Spotlight Series. If you’d like more information about USBLN’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program, please contact Cami@disabilityin.org.
The Resource Network (http://www.resnet.org/), a Disability:IN Certified DOBE® helps to connect resources within and between organizations to catalyze a multiplier effect that optimizes the bottom line. Their services include Access and Information Integration; Business and Contact Intelligence; Partner Programs as well as Collaboration & Customer Relationship Management.
Rick Rodgers founded The Resource Network in 1989, after a successful career with several prominent national organizations, where he mastered the art of bridging perspectives to create cohesive high-performance teams. After experiencing a retinal detachment in the middle of a presentation, Rick became an official member of the disability community. While adjusting to the new reality of the loss of a significant portion of his eyesight, Rick developed new techniques that have not only helped him work effectively with diminished resources but also are beneficial to people without disabilities.
Recently Rick was a featured speaker at a 2000-person event held at the MGM Grand at National Harbor, Maryland, where he spoke about his personal journey with disability, the power of vulnerability and the potential of mutual vulnerability. He shared work experiences where disclosing his disability became a powerful equalizer across cultural differences that ultimately fueled an environment of appreciative collaboration.
The Resource Network system has been featured in Information Management Magazine and a case study by Progress Software, the global leader in application infrastructure software. The global sales solution was nominated for a Microsoft Industry Solution and selected as one of the best sales solutions in the world.
Rick has served as the CFO for the Council of State Governments and several affiliated organizations, including the National Governors Association. His clients have included Ask Big Questions, the Federation of Tax Administrators, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, INTERSOLV / MERANT / Micro Focus; Special Olympics International. U.S. Trade and Development Agency, as well as the U.S.Department of Commerce.
Rick Rodgers is a member of the DC Metro Business Leadership Network and the U.S. International Council on Disabilities. To learn more about The Resource Network, click here: www.resnet.org.
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.