Interested in making your business more accessible to those with disabilities? Not only is creating an accessible business the right thing to do, it can also help to fuel your business growth goals.
Nearly 10 percent of BC’s population identifies as having a disability. Not all these disabilities are visible outwardly, initially, or in ways you might assume. When you prioritize accessibility in your business, you can tap into a deeper pool of potential staff while also becoming a welcoming and valued community resource.
At Small Business BC, we’re increasing our accessibility – both for staff and our province-wide community. Through our partnership with the Presidents Group, we have prioritized accessibility in our resources and services, while acknowledging we still have progress to make.
Below, you can watch the inspiring story of our Director of Business Development, Roop Johal, and find dedicated resources and supports for creating a more accessible and equitable small business.
Discover Resources for Creating an Accessible Business
Access Funding to Create an Accessible Workplace
The Workplace Accessibility Grant offers direct financial support of $5,000 to BC-based small businesses looking to create more accessible workplaces.
Discover the Cost Benefit of Making Your Business More Accessible
Written by accessibility consultant, Donna Franz, this article explains how small businesses can benefit from making their workplace one that’s accessible and welcoming to all, regardless of accessibility needs.
We need to leave the mindset behind where we think accessibility just caters to one individual. If you’re an accessible business, it can play a huge role in the purchasing decisions of groups of people
Donna Franz is an Accessibility Consultant with 30 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist (OT). Based in the Okanagan, her Design 4 Accessibility Consulting firm helps individuals and business owners create beautiful, accessible spaces.
Our company culture has only benefited from hiring someone with a disability. They provide a wonderful new outlook on the positions we have created and help our team grow in many different ways
Katie Gamble is the founder of Nature Bee, an award-winning small business based on Vancouver Island. As her company has grown, Katie has prioritized the creation of an accessible workplace. Learn how Nature Bee is benefitting from their position as an accessible employer.
The process of making gave me that fulfillment that I was doing something worthwhile and not letting blindness stop me
Eliana Fragrance is a Vancouver-based candle company that produces beautifully scented, small batch soy candles. Learn how Laetitia Mfamobani, a blind entrepreneur, started and grew her small business.
When we designed The Alinker, we wanted to make something so cool that it overcomes the discomfort other people have with disability
The Alinker is a non-motorized walking bike without pedals. It’s designed for anyone who wants to maintain an active life regardless of their movement abilities or disabilities. Hear the story of founder, Barbara Alink, and why she's passionate about creating a more accessible world for those with disabilities.
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