Indy program aims to boost disabled entrepreneurs
Indianapolis now has an ordinance on the books that's aimed at boosting the number of businesses owned by people with disabilities that win city contracts.
Mayor Greg Ballard signed a City-County Council ordinance into law Thursday that creates the city's new Disability Business Enterprise program. That program sets a 1 percent goal for city and county spending on businesses owned by entrepreneurs with disabilities.
Ballard says it will "encourage those who never thought possible the dream of starting a successful business" to seek a piece of city public works projects and contracts for goods and services.
U.S. Census Bureau figures show that one in five Indianapolis residents has a disability, but 70 percent of them live in poverty and only 18 percent are employed.
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