Learn about the findings and recommendations from the report, Small Business Ownership by People with Disabilities: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES, and how the ecosystem that supports entrepreneurs and small business owners with disabilities can be improved and expanded. This report includes national data, information gathered from disability and entrepreneurial support organizations and the lived experience of entrepreneurs with disabilities.
Beth Daly-Torres, Executive Director with the Office of Disability Inclusion at JPMorgan Chase will explain why the investment in this research is important and vitally needed.
Three entrepreneurs with disabilities will share their experiences in building and growing their businesses, their challenges and successes, including how they navigated gaps in the support system.
• Tiffani Martin who is the founder and CEO of JancynCo and Visio Tech. She has a degree in entrepreneurship. Tiffani believes that individuals with disabilities are often put into the box of low expectations that they should survive on their disability benefits so they lack the resources and support to start their own business. She believes the ability is there, but the support is lacking, even more so for those at the intersection of gender and ethnicity.
• Alvaro Silberstein is the founder and CEO of Wheel the World. A native of Chile, Alvaro came to the United States because of winning a scholarship for his master’s degree to the University of California, Berkeley. His ambition, as a person with a disability who is a wheelchair user, is to find ways to innovate in the disability space and identify solutions to problems people with disabilities face every day.
• Chioma Oruh, Ph.D., is the founder, principal consultant, and parent coach of Chi Bornfree. Chioma has a passion for family-centered practices, primarily because of her own lived experiences as a Black African immigrant mother raising two young sons with autism.