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Capitol Correspondence - 02.06.24

U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee Explores Opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Employees with Disabilities

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Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee on Innovation, Opportunity, and Entrepreneurship held a crucial hearing titled “Pathways to Success: Supporting Entrepreneurs and Employees with Disabilities.” Chaired by Rep. Marc Molinaro (R-NY) and Ranking Member Rep. Morgan McGarvey (D-KY), the hearing delved into strategies to remove barriers hindering employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities with key witnesses, including Mr. Keith Wargo, President and CEO of Autism Speaks, and Ms. Iva Walsh, Founder and Owner of Maeve’s Place, a thriving coffee shop in Phoenicia, NY as well as Mr. Cody Clark, founder and owner of Cody Clark Magic.

The primary focus of the hearing was to shed light on the pathways to success for entrepreneurs and employees with disabilities. The hearing emphasized that hiring individuals with disabilities is not only economically sound for businesses but also brings unique perspectives and skill sets, making them valuable contributors to the workforce.

Acknowledging the current labor shortage, remote work opportunities, and tax incentives, Rep. Molinaro highlighted the significant increase in the number of individuals with disabilities entering the workforce in his statement: “Hiring people with disabilities is a sound economic investment for businesses of any size. Aside from the economic and cultural advantages, they also put forth a unique perspective and skillset that makes them attractive employees. Fortunately, with the current labor shortage, remote work opportunities, and tax incentives, we have seen a significant rise in the number of individuals with disabilities joining the workforce.”