The Business Leadership Network wants to recognize businesses who have excelled in working with disabled individuals in the past year, and they are accepting nominations for Sheridan-Buffalo area community members until Friday, September 30th.
Nominations will be for Employer of the Year, Employee of the Year, and a new award, the Georgia Huckeby Community Spirit Award in memory of former BLN director Georgia Huckeby, who passed away in May of this year.
Janelle Anderson with the BLN explains the types of employers for which they are looking.
Anderson said that anyone can nominate as many people as they feel deserve an award; just go to their website at www.sb-bln.com and fill out the nomination form by Friday.
The 3rd Annual Business Leadership Awards will be held October 25th in Sheridan and Buffalo. Buffalo awards will be held during a breakfast from 7 to 9 am at the Best Western.
Sheridan awards will be held during a lunch from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Sheridan Inn. Early Bird tickets for Sheridan and Buffalo are $15 and $20, respectively. After October 14th tickets are $20 and $25.
Erin Riehle from the Children's Hospital in Cincinnati will be the Keynote Speaker at the awards ceremonies. Riehle helped found project SEARCH, an employment transition program for people with disabilities, that now has more than 200 programs in 39 states and four different countries.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The BLN works to promote awareness in businesses about what disabled individuals can offer to a workplace.
Anderson says there are myths and extremes when disabilities in the workplace are discussed, and most of the time all it takes to employ someone with a disability is a "reasonable accommodation".