Biz Hub supports entrepreneurship and business growth for individuals with disabilities who seek to create meaningful work and sustainable, living wage income for themselves through sole-proprietorship and other business structures.
The vision is that each business owner with disabilities, including disabled veterans, will have an opportunity to work at his or her optimal capacity. Individuals will learn from a varied network of colleagues, developing the necessary skills to participate fully in the community through their work. Biz Hub is about creating jobs in the community, enhancing a community’s entrepreneurial climate, retaining businesses in a community, building or accelerating growth in a local industry, and diversifying local economies while securing income potential, increasing self-esteem, promoting independence, expounding creativity, and enhancing financial literacy for disabled business owners
The Biz Hub concept is that each disabled business owner will have an opportunity to work at his or her optimal capacity. Individuals will learn from a varied network of colleagues, developing the necessary skills to participate fully in the community through their work.
How will we accomplish this? By providing access and facilitating independence through person-centered business planning and coaching, Free, shared office space and equipment for a six-month business gestation period and the most affordable lease rates after that, feasibility testing and SWOT analysis for our consumers’ business concepts, accounting, sales and marketing, social media, business library, technical skills assistance, administrative support, and networking to build community relationships – many of the components of running a business that can be hindered by inexperience and the growing pains of entrepreneurship.
The Biz Hub will get down to business in Autumn 2019.
We have put together an amazing team which has already gotten down to business. The internal team includes the advisory committee, a knowledgeable and trained volunteer corps, our board of trustees, and the Executive Director. The external team is probably more important than the internal one. First and foremost, are the business owners. This will also include their families and spouses or other support people as needed or desired by the business owners. In addition to the vocational rehabilitation professionals volunteering their talents on the advisory committee, the job developers and counselors already providing services to our business owners will be a key factor for pre-start up evaluations and will offer respected recommendations.