Supported Self Employment
Not being seen as competent, fear of losing benefits and not being taken seriously are barriers that keep Individuals with disabilities from becoming small business owners. With small business ownership becoming the fastest growing segment for new employment options in the United States, the NEBA BCC is supporting these individuals and their teams to become successful business owners.
New England Business Associates Business Consulting Center, located in the Andrew Scibelli Enterprise Center at Springfield Technical Community College is assisting individuals with significant barriers reach their dream of business ownership. It is here that these entrepreneurs with disabilities network with other entrepreneurs and receive training and support from the Small Business Administration, Western New England College’s Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship, the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center and SCORE, all located in the Enterprise Center.
This session will discuss how individuals with disabilities, once considered unemployable, can successfully start up and manage their own businesses. Supported employment in the disability field has proven to be a successful model for employing individuals in the community. Using these same concepts, hear from individuals with disabilities how, with the support of a team, they have been able to become successful business owners.
Must have partners are discussed as well as funding options available to this unique population of entrepreneurs.
Jeannine Pavlak, Executive Director, New England Business Associates, MA
Gayle Hsiao, Consultant, Springfield Technical Community College, MA