Big Bend Businesss Leadership Network
A CALL TO ACTION
“I want to challenge every organization here to hire a person with disabilities this year -- and another one next year, and the year after that. This effort isn’t charity or good corporate citizenship, it’s just smart business.”
Former Governor Jeb Bush
Employers Need Workers &
People with Disabilities WANT to Work!
WHAT IS THE
BIG BEND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP NETWORK (BLN)?
Composed of volunteers from area businesses, the Big Bend BLN offers leadership by example and a supportive employer-to-employer network aimed at promoting the employment of qualified people who just happen to have disabilities. The BLN can help your business learn more about hiring people with disabilities through training and technical assistance, and make it easier for you to recruit, hire, train, and retain employees with disabilities.
There are 43 Business Leadership Networks in 32 states. The Big Bend BLN will be one of 12 successful BLNs currently operating in the state of Florida.
Funding for the BLNs is provided by the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities. The BLNs are affiliated with The Able Trust, the United States BLN and organized by Wilson Resources, Inc.
The Big Bend Business Leadership Network missions is to educate and encourage employers to recruit, hire, train and retain employees with disabilities as part of promoting good business practices
The Bottom Line...
A diverse workforce is vital to business success. Approximately one in five Americans has a disability. By employing people with disabilities, employers can effectively position themselves to develop products and services that are more likely to sell to a diverse customer base, resulting in a significant increase in long term profits.