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Release: July 17, 2000

Entrepreneur and self-employment workshop set for July 26

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People with disabilities who are interested in self-employment or starting small businesses can register to attend "Entrepreneurship Services for People with Disabilities," a free workshop to be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 at Oakdale Hall Auditorium at the University of Iowa's Oakdale Campus.

The workshop will inform participants about small business start-up, available financial resources and technical assistance, community small-business development agencies, local financial institutions and successful entrepreneurs with disabilities, says Jennifer Kaplan, media relations specialist for the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.

The UI's Law, Health Policy & Disability Center, The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and the Small Business Administration (SBA) are hosting the workshop, which takes place on the 10th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Registrations for the workshop and planned luncheon can be made over the phone at (319) 362-6405 ext. 221 or by e-mailing Iowa City district SBA public information officer Keith McBride at keith.mcbride@sba.gov

In a press statement about the workshop, Kaplan cites the 1990 U.S. Census, which shows people with disabilities have a higher rate of self-employment and small business experience (12.2 percent) than people without disabilities (7.8 percent). Another government study shows 70 percent of working-age Americans with severe disabilities are unemployed.

Iowa City is one of eight U.S. cities selected as a stop on the President's Committee/SBA road show to advise entrepreneurship and small-business start up among people with disabilities. Other cities include Little Rock, Ark., New Orleans, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Boston, Portland, and Chicago.

The workshops were created by a Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities committee. The President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities is a Washington, D.C.-based federal agency which communicates, coordinates and promotes public and private efforts to enhance employment people with disabilities.

The Social Security Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs also contributed to the workshop effort, Kaplan says.