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Self-Employment and Business Ownership

Why This Is Important

Supporting people with disabilities to start their small businesses is important because self-employment is the fastest growing employment option in the U.S. and Canada. Today over 17,000,000 one-owner companies operate in the U.S. Business ownership represents a critical person-centered option for employment that accommodates an individualís unique circumstances and also allows for the accumulation of assets that wage employment does not always offer.

This department provides practical tools to people with disabilities interested in starting their own business. This includes emerging practice information on the myriad aspects of self-employment such as funding, assessment, business feasibility testing, business plans, financial reports and budgets, support strategies, and local resources. Also included are the websites of several small businesses owned and operated by people who have intellectual/developmental disabilities because their stories might provide ideas for others.

This web site is maintained by the Research and Training Center on Community Living with support from the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Human Services Research Institute and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. E-mail weste050@umn.edu.
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