Today, as the national recession and tight job market continues, more Americans are turning to self-employment as their career option and over 10 million Americans are self-employed. Worldwide, as in the US, small businesses are the mainstay of local economies. Working in a small business is often one of the first jobs young people acquire. Families often rely on their small businesses to meet their daily living expenses.
Micro-enterprise initiatives throughout the US and internationally help people who are poor, including those with disabilities to have careers that may not otherwise be possible in the wage employment sector, where jobs may be scarce. Many more people with disabilities could become self-employed and make the transition from poverty and a life on public assistance benefits to fulfilling careers that provide livable incomes. BBI is a leader in developing research, best practices and in improving policies that help make business ownership an increasingly available option for people with disabilities.