COUNCIL PROPOSAL AIMS TO SPUR JOB CREATION: DISABILITY ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM APPROVED

April 23, 2013

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April 22, 2013

COUNCIL PROPOSAL AIMS TO SPUR JOB CREATION: DISABILITY ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM APPROVED

COUNCIL PRESIDENT MAGGIE A. LEWIS AND VICE PRESIDENT JOHN BARTH’S PROPOSAL WILL PROMOTE JOB OPPORUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

INDIANAPOLIS – City/County Council passed groundbreaking legislation Monday night that will increase job opportunities for people with disabilities, a group with traditionally high rates of unemployment.

Proposal 289 creates a Disability Business Enterprise program for the City of Indianapolis. Proposal 289 amends the city’s code to create a program for utilizing disability-owned business enterprises in much the same way the city seeks to do business minority, women, or veteran-owned businesses.

“This program will help new businesses grow, create jobs and help level the playing field,” said Barth. “It also reflects the diversity of our community. Proposal 289 is a perfect example of how working towards a common goal can make a great impact for residents – we need to open the door for people with disabilities to enter the workforce and become small business owners.”

Lewis said it is important that the city use its purchasing power to help the local community and its residents.

“Every year, Indianapolis spends millions of dollars to run our government and buy equipment, goods and services. Proposal 289 opens the doors for people with disabilities to become suppliers – and job creators – for our city. We need to tap into their entrepreneurial spirit,” said Lewis.

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