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Free Webinar: Adapting to the Environment. How one organization maximized opportunity.

NASUAD Logo - National Association of States United for Aging and DisabilitiesTrends change. Keeping an eye on changes in the business environment can help community based organizations (CBOs) identify ways to expand their businesses, modify their practices or meet new and enhanced outcomes for the people they serve.

In 2017, Community Options Enterprises, a subsidiary of Community Options, a national non-profit organization, conducted an environmental scan that included a review of labor statistics and other corporate and business trends. They found that of the days they worked, 38% of people in management, business, financial and other professional occupations did some or all their work from home. The trend for more businesses and industries to utilize remote workers inspired Community Options Enterprises to develop a business model that meets the needs of changing corporate practices while fulfilling their organizational mission to develop and operate entrepreneurial businesses that successfully integrate people with disabilities into the workforce. 

Join us on Friday, September 28, 2018 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern as Dina Casalaspro, Managing Director of Community Options Enterprises, Inc. describes the research that lead their organization to develop a creative and self-sustaining business model with a hybrid payer structure, where customer purchased services and office rentals support the cost of operations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the components of an environmental scan
  • Understand how to adapt current expertise to fill a need
  • Understand how to intersect business goals with client outcomes

This one hour webinar is available as part of the Business Acumen for Disabilities Grant provided by the Administration for Community Living to the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities in collaboration with national partners*. The HCBS Business Acumen Center is dedicated to providing resources to sustain disability organizations.

* Grant Partners include: American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD), American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), National Council on Aging (NCOA), National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), University of Minnesota – Institute of Community Integration