Employees with disabilities bring immense value to their workplaces. Just ask Oowee Products – a leather manufacturer and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan recipient. The Asheville, North Carolina-based business, which makes handcrafted beverage accessories, works with the Autism Society of North Carolina to provide jobs to people with autism. Through economic modeling, research conducted by Accenture, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) “found a strong correlation between financial performance and well-developed disability-inclusion practices.”
Inclusive work environments like Oowee Products provide all qualified employees – including those with disabilities – the flexibility they need to shine. These workplaces embrace the differences that make each employee unique and exceptional. In doing so, they benefit from increased employee satisfaction and productivity. Small business owners can take the following steps to make their workplace more inclusive.
If you are a small businesses, non-profit organization of any size, or a U.S. agricultural business with 500 or fewer employees that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can still apply for the COVID-19 EIDL. This loan applies to all businesses based in any U.S. state, territory, or the District of Columbia.