LEWIS/BARTH DISABILITY ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM LAUNCHED

May 2, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 2, 2013

DISABILITY ENTREPRENEUR PROGRAM LAUNCHED

COUNCIL PRESIDENT MAGGIE A. LEWIS AND VICE PRESIDENT JOHN BARTH’S PROPOSAL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY COUNCIL, SIGNED BY MAYOR

INDIANAPOLIS – City/County Council’s legislation to increase job opportunities for people with disabilities was signed into law by Mayor Greg Ballard Thursday morning as he was joined by the two sponsors of the proposal – Council President Maggie Lewis and Vice President John Barth.

“We are proud the council passed this proposal with a unanimous, bi-partisan vote – its goal is simple, and vital. We want to help create jobs and put a focus on businesses owned by people with disabilities,” said Lewis.

“By creating the Disability Business Enterprise Program we are committing the leadership of our city to do business with companies owned by people who have disabilities,” said Barth. “This is a group with traditionally high rates of unemployment, so it is important to incentivize people with disabilities to become entrepreneurs.”

Proposal 289 creates the Disability Business Enterprise program for the City of Indianapolis. This program will sets a goal for the city to do business with disability-owned business enterprises just as the city seeks to do business with minority, women, or veteran-owned businesses.

“This program reflects the diversity of our community, and shows our commitment to give local businesses access to government contracts. The city can use its purchasing power to invest in our community and create jobs where they are needed most,” said Barth

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