SOURCE: Abilicorp


October 14, 2009 09:00 ET

Abilicorp First Company Certified as a Disability Owned Enterprise

Key Step Toward Increasing Ranks of Employed Disabled

OAKLAND, CA--(Marketwire - October 14, 2009) - Abilicorp, a staffing and placement company focused on the employment of people with disabilities, today announced it is the first company to be certified as a Disability Owned Business Enterprise by the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®). This announcement was made in September at the USBLN 2009 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The USBLN created the certification program to assure its affiliates, corporations, and government agencies that they are indeed working with small businesses that are owned and operated by people with disabilities. This will become increasingly important with the passage of the legislation (Senate Bill 1229, the Entrepreneurship Act of 2009) pending in Congress to give Disability Owned Business Enterprises equal status to Woman, Racial and Ethnic Minority owned businesses. This certification is a significant step in the direction of opening doors for disabled workers to secure good jobs as well as access to bidding for government contracts.

Founded by Neil Jacobson in 2008, Abilicorp was inspired by Jacobson's more than three decades of private and public sector work promoting employment for the disabled, and by his own experience in the workforce as a disabled person. In 1975, Jacobson co-founded the CIL Computer Training Program, a nationally recognized program enabling people with disabilities to become computer programmers. He went on to spend 29 years at Wells Fargo Bank and served as senior vice president in charge of its System Automation Management and Wireless Technology Divisions. During his tenure at Wells Fargo, he continued advocating for the economic independence of people with disabilities. This included serving as vice-chair of President Clinton's Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities.

"Recognizing the impact that starting and running small businesses had on women, racial and ethnic minorities, Abilicorp is proud to be one of the first Disability Owned Business Enterprises," said Neil Jacobson, founder of Abilicorp. "We are confident that corporations and government agencies will provide us with the same opportunities as they have with other minority owned businesses. Our success will include providing our associates with good, competitive work experiences and economic independence, while providing excellent service to our customers."

About Abilicorp

Abilicorp is the first certified disabled owned staffing and placement company focused on providing competitive employment and career opportunities to people with disabilities by matching their skills with client needs. The company was founded by Neil Jacobson, a tireless champion of propelling the disabled into the workplace. Mr. Jacobson has worked in private industry and served on presidential committees for disability employment.

Mr. Jacobson is the founding chairman of the Association of Rehabilitation Programs in Computer Technologies (ARPCT). During the last three decades, an estimated 60,000 or more people with disabilities have become tax-paying citizens after successfully completing the ARPCT training programs.

About the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN)

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) is the national organization that supports development and expansion of its BLN affiliates across the country, serving as their collective voice. It is the only national disability organization led by business for business. The USBLN® recognizes and promotes best practices in hiring, retaining, and marketing to people with disabilities. There are 55 Business Leadership Network affiliates in 32 states, including the District of Columbia, representing more than 5,000 employers across the U.S. The BLN uses a "business to business" approach to educate, promoting the business imperative of including people with disabilities in the workforce.

BLN affiliates are business organizations headed by a lead employer who exemplifies these practices and shares experiences with other member-employers within the state or region. These activities include career fairs, disability mentoring and internship programs, and training programs including disability business etiquette, accommodation, and other disability issues deemed significant to employers. Businesses join BLN affiliates to learn how to expand their diversity recruiting efforts to include people with disabilities -- not as a social model but as a business case to recruit talent and better serve their customers. BLN successes serve the workplace, marketplace, supplier chain and the economy.

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