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A recent Special Olympics survey, National Snapshot of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in the Labor Force, reveals that only 44% of adults with intellectual disabilities are in the labor force.
Autism Speaks and Job Path will present Employing Individuals with Autism: Information and Customized Employment Ideas on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), 188 Madison Avenue and 34th Street, Conference Room 018.

Featured Entrepreneur: Rohit Arora

Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit

Rohit Arora

Co-Founder and CEO Biz2Credit

 

Rohit Arora, CEO and co-founder of Biz2Credit, is one of the country’s leading experts in small business finance.  He has extensive experience in financial services and the issues facing startups and growing small businesses across the globe.  In 2011, he was named New York City's “Top Entrepreneur” by Crain’s New York Business and meets regularly with top executives from the Federal Reserve, Treasury Dept., SBA, and the White House on topics related to small business finance. 

 

Rohit is frequently quoted about small business lending topics  in media such as Bloomberg Radio,  Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Reuters, The Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, TheStreet.com, Entrepreneur, American Banker, Crain’s NY Business, Credit Union Times, and elsewhere.  He writes about small business finance for FOX Business Small Business Center, Entrepreneur.com, and SmallBizTrends.com, among others.

 

Rohit oversees the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, a widely reported monthly analysis of small business loan approval rates.  He also is in charge of all strategic initiatives and the development of Biz2Credit’s web platform that now matches 1.6 million members with 1,200+ lending institutions based on financial criteria that the small business owners provide.  Since its inception in 2007, Biz2Credit has arranged more than $1 billion in funding for start-ups and small-to-medium sized businesses and handles an average of more than 5,000 new loan applications each month.

 

Previously, Rohit was part of the strategy practice for Deloitte Consulting. He also has worked at Goldman Sachs and Silkroute, a Singapore-based private equity fund.  The Indian native was an advisor to UN Council for Trade and Development in the area of small businesses and emerging markets.  He holds a MBA in International Finance from Columbia Business School and co-authored Beyond Cost Reduction: The Risks and Rewards of Global Service Sourcing, a research report funded by the Alfred Sloan Foundation and the Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia.

Read about Rohit in Immpreneur.com

Recently more attention has been focused on the rights of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) on a global and local level. For example, Vice President Joe Biden delivered the keynote speech at the Human Rights Campaign held in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, March 22, 2014. He presented LGBT rights as an integral part of U.S. foreign policy and he also pointed out that it was time for Congress to pass Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). ENDA would bar employers with 15 or more workers for using a person's sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for making employment decisons, including hiring, firing, compensation or promotion.
In honor of Women's History Month, Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Women's Business Ownership invites you to join the conversation on "Office Hours," "How to Sell Online" and "STEM and Growing Hi-Tech Firms."

The following announcement is from the United States Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

Think Beyond the Label will hold an online career fair on March 5, 1-4 p.m. EST.

The event will connect companies to qualified candidates with disabilities from Think Beyond the Label's online community of candidates and its partnerships with employment services agencies and student organizations nationwide.

The following article, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), prepared by the New York State Division of Equal Opportunity Development (DEOD), helps you to understand the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), how it affects your business, how employers can provide reasonable accommodations and how it affects your job search.
In January 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report, Measuring Alternative Educational Credentials: 2012, which examines the prevalence of non-degree certifications and licenses among American workers and their importance to the employment market.

Preservation Week

Join the New York Public Library's Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division as it celebrates Preservation Week. The Preservation Division offers annual spring events such as "Caring for Your Personal Collections," as well as events showcasing how the Library works to preserve its own collections.
February 6, 2014
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The theme of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is "Because We are Equal to the Task." This is the voice of America's workers with disabilities reflecting they have the education, training, experience, abilities and determination to be successful in the workplace.

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