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Supplier Connections

For companies, potentially at a more advanced level, the place where business leaders can go to learn more about engaging with inclusive suppliers or disability owned business enterprises (DOBEs).  You will learn best practices and see case studies on driving successful outcomes.

Supplier Diversity 

Best Practices

In the evolution of supplier diversity efforts, today is a pivotal time for supplier inclusion with many corporations and government agencies in the formative stages of recognizing, promoting and utilizing disability suppliers.

Disability-owned business enterprises have joined the ranks of minority-, woman-, LGBTQ-, and service veteran-owned businesses in supporting global supply chains. We are encouraged by this progress and wish to highlight leading business practices as examples for others to adopt. To learn more, download our PDF.

  • Make it a Corporate Priority
  • Utilize the Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR)
  • Strive for Global Inclusion
  • Advance Accessibility in Procurement
  • Enable Internal Support Systems
  • Promote Education and Sponsorship Funding

DOBEs

Grow your business with a DOBE certification! Disability Owned Business Certification! Click here to find out more.
We certify disability-owned business enterprises, including service-disabled and veteran disability-owned businesses, and link them to organizations seeking to diversify their supply chains.

In June, 2020 Michael Maffucci, President/CEO, of Versatile Interpreting Services became certified a a Disability Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE). Versatile Interpreting Services, LLC (VIS) is a Deaf-owned and Deaf-run interpreting agency providing a variety of service offerings. Our reason for being in business is to provide you with the highest quality communication access services for your business and the Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing individuals and community we serve. VIS is offering versatile services: sign language interpreting- onsite and/or video remote interpreting, English/ASL or ASL/English written/video translation, workshops, advocacy and the Skill Advancement Program. 

 

Q&A with Lowe’s Disability:IN Supplier Victor Agapov

In July 2019, Lowe’s recognized Victor Agapov, sole owner of Wallo Brands LLC, at the Disability:IN National Expo as its first official Disability:IN Certified Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE). We recently spoke to Victor to learn more about his inspiration to start Wallo®, challenges as a business owner and DOBE certification.