Hoping to become self-sustaining and more robust, TheNemoNews.com started working on it’s business plan this spring. Part of the process was to attend the Entrepreneurship Class held at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) during March and April. While the business plan for Nemo is not yet complete, we made great progress. We will publish more about our plan as it moves forward.
There were about 10 students in the Business Plan class. All were adults with disabilities who dreamed of self-employment. All had an open case with Vocational Rehabilitation. Their dreams ranged from fashion design to bed-bug control. Some had dealt with disabilities all their life, others only recently. And all of us sought to assess the competition, develop a marketing plan, struggled with our break-even spreadsheets and tried to project earnings as we wrote our business plans. The company we kept with each other was great.
Did you know that self-employment hovers around 11% among the disabled community? That is somewhat more than the 7% in the general population. It is good to see UIC and VR take a leadership role in promoting entrepreneurship among those with disabilities. Dr. Fabricio Balcazar should be lauded for leading these efforts at UIC.
For more information about the UIC Business Plan Program, contact Shawn Dimfl, firstname.lastname@example.org, at 312-413-8993.