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VENTURES //

photography by Shaun Janis

No Limits to Business

by Carolyn Clark

Local program helps disabled entrepreneurs start their own companies

D

ella Brown sits behind the counter of her taco eatery, going through papers and making sure her two employees complete their tasks. Her small counter-service restaurant, Tacolicious, decorated with brightly painted walls and Mexican-themed banners, is the fulfillment of a long-held dream. Brown didn’t have the resources to start her own business. So, in February 2008, she turned to the South Side Innovation Center, a Syracuse University-run center that helps entrepreneurs launch businesses. Because Brown is a disabled Onondaga County resident, she worked with the center’s Inclusive Entrepreneurship program, which helps people with disabilities in Onondaga develop and sustain small businesses. Through the program, Brown met with an advisor, developed a business plan, and took classes on entrepreneurship. Co-founder and senior vice president Gary Shaheen started the program seven years ago as Start-Up NY, which began as a grant program through the Office of Disability Employment Policy. That office is a faction of the federal Department of Labor that caters specifically to those with employment-affecting disabilities.

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Open for Business // With help from Inclusive Entrepreneurship, Della Brown overcame her disability and opened her dream taco store.

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Volume 1: May 2011  

Page through a sneak preview of our debut issue, dropping next Wednesday at our new tumblr--get your adrenaline pumping with 4 summer advent...

Volume 1: May 2011  

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