CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: July 17, 2000
Entrepreneur and self-employment workshop set for July
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People with disabilities who are
interested in self-employment or starting small businesses can register to
attend "Entrepreneurship Services for People with Disabilities," a free workshop
to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 at Oakdale Hall Auditorium
at the University of Iowa's Oakdale Campus.
The workshop will inform participants about small
business start-up, available financial resources and technical assistance,
community small-business development agencies, local financial institutions
and successful entrepreneurs with disabilities, says Jennifer Kaplan, media
relations specialist for the President's Committee on Employment of People
The UI's Law, Health Policy & Disability Center,
The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and the
Small Business Administration (SBA) are hosting the workshop, which takes
place on the 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Registrations for the workshop and planned luncheon
can be made over the phone at (319) 362-6405 ext. 221 or by e-mailing Iowa
City district SBA public information officer Keith McBride at email@example.com
In a press statement about the workshop, Kaplan cites
the 1990 U.S. Census, which shows people with disabilities have a higher rate
of self-employment and small business experience (12.2 percent) than people
without disabilities (7.8 percent). Another government study shows 70 percent
of working-age Americans with severe disabilities are unemployed.
Iowa City is one of eight U.S. cities selected as
a stop on the President's Committee/SBA road show to advise entrepreneurship
and small-business start up among people with disabilities. Other cities include
Little Rock, Ark., New Orleans, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Boston, Portland, and
The workshops were created by a Presidential Task
Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities committee. The President's
Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities is a Washington, D.C.-based
federal agency which communicates, coordinates and promotes public and private
efforts to enhance employment people with disabilities.
The Social Security Administration, the Department
of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs also
contributed to the workshop effort, Kaplan says.