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National Online Dialogue on Disability Inclusion in Small Business


We are launching a national online outreach effort to hear from America’s smallest businesses on what we can do to help them hire, keep, and support disabled workers. We would love to hear from the folks that reach out to extension services and businesses in the agricultural sector. Please feel free to distribute this information, below and in the attached flier, to your extension services’ networks. Reach out if you have any questions. Thanks!


Did you know that more than 90% of businesses in the United States have fewer than 50 employees and approximately 1.8 million people with disabilities are small business owners? Very small businesses employ millions of Americans and often play an essential economic role in their communities. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy invites you to participate in the “Advancing Disability Inclusion in Very Small Businesses” national online dialogue. By submitting ideas and insights on current policies and disability-inclusive practices, you can help inform the development of resources, tools, and actions to address the needs of very small businesses that employ disabled workers or are owned by a disabled person. Get started by visiting the dialogue at from March 26 through May 6. Simply log in, register, and submit your ideas, or comment and vote on ideas submitted by others.

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Hi everyone,

We have an exciting update! We will be hosting a Fireside Chat on X/Twitter in conjunction with the dialogue on May 2, 2pm-3pm ET. Please tune in - and respond on the hashtag #EPWChat.




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