ERIC Number: ED442228
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
It's All Business: A Site Visit Report on Working Order, Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania.
Olney, Marjorie F.; Harris, Perri
This report discusses the results of a case study of Working Order, a Pennsylvania program designed to develop entrepreneurs with and without disabilities by sharing the expertise, resources, and skills of small business owners. The strategy of the program is to invite competitive entrepreneurs, those who could likely produce and sell their services or products on the open market, to share space with and support entrepreneurs who would likely not be able to compete in the marketplace due to their disabilities. The report describes how the program was started, its organizational structure and financing, its location in a former high school that has been converted to a community center, advantages to members, the business plan, and mentorships. Support strategies and three member profiles are discussed. Experiences with cooperative entrepreneurship, the importance of a well-developed mission statement, advantages of entrepreneurship for people with severe disabilities, ways to by-pass traditional funding and regulatory mechanisms, and the benefits of mutual support are also addressed. The report closes with a discussion on the challenges that Working Order is facing, including enticing competitive entrepreneurs. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Careers, Case Studies, Community Programs, Disabilities, Entrepreneurship, Financial Support, Helping Relationship, Mentors, Merchants, Program Development, Self Employment, Severe Disabilities, Small Businesses
Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, 805 South Crouse Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244-2280. For full text: http://soeweb.syr.edu/thechp.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Research and Training Center on Community Living.
Note: Preparation of this report supported by the National Resource Center on Community Integration, Syracuse University.