NYC moves towards disability inclusion
Last week, USBLN 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 USBLN 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 USBLN 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 USBLN 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.
DOBE Spotlight Series: iDisability™
iDisability™ is an enterprise-wide eLearning solution. It was developed in a partnership between Joyce Bender and Andrew Houghton, both USBLN Certified DOBEs, and DOBE Host Committee Members.
DOBE Spotlight Series: Mona Lisa Faris
Mona Lisa Faris, the publisher of DiversityComm, originally planned to be a professor of intracultural communication and public speaking when she realized she needed to make an important decision: start a teaching fellowship, or take an entrepreneurial path and begin publishing a newsletter on diversity.
DOBE Spotlight Series: Pat Graves, Caption First
Caption First, a USBLN® Certified DOBE™, has been providing real time captioning services for almost 30 years. The company is dedicated to delivering communication alternatives for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have trouble with comprehension and fluency.
Information Guide for Service-Disabled Veteran and Veteran Disability-Owned Businesses
There are approximately 57 million people with disabilities in the U.S., and they’re nearly twice as likely to be self-employed. With initiatives like the USBLN’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP), they also have the ability to achieve greater economic success and independence.
DOBE Spotlight Series: Matt Hempel
Agilitech Solutions LLC, a USBLN® Certified SDV-DOBE™ and VA Verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, was formed to address the critical issues of web accessibility for the disabled community. It provides automated web accessibility solutions that work with a single line of code.