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Invitation to Participate in Online Dialogue: Advancing Disability Inclusion in Very Small Businesses

Millions of Americans are employed by very small businesses and approximately 1.8 million people with disabilities own this type of business. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees are considered “very small” businesses. To help develop resources, tools, and activities to address the needs of these enterprises, the Office of Disability Employment Programs (ODEP) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) requests contributions to the national online dialogue: “Advancing Disability Inclusion in Very Small Businesses.” Through May 6, 2024, participants can log in, register, and submit ideas and insights for “policies, resources, tools, and actions regarding the needs of very small businesses that employ or are planning to hire” workers with disabilities or those owned by entrepreneurs with disabilities. Input from the dialogue will be used to  inform future DOL initiatives that will support very small businesses and their workers with disabilities as well as entrepreneurs with disabilities. Those participating may submit ideas based on a number of “Dialogue Topics” related to employees and business owners with disabilities, such as recruitment, hiring and onboarding, services and supports, to name a few. For additional information and to submit ideas, visit the webpage for Advancing Disability Inclusion in Very Small Businesses Online Dialogue. Participants will need to either login to their “IDEASCALE” account, register for an account, or gain access through Google, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.