On Monday, September 16, Autism Speaks held its second Small Business Town Hall meeting, hosted by Credit Suisse in New York City. More than 75 people participated in the event, including adults with autism and their families, small business owners, employment service providers and academics. The evening featured a panel of four speakers who shared stories of their success as the owners of small businesses that employ individuals with autism. Members of the audience engaged in a dynamic Q&A discussion with the panelists, asking questions about how their businesses got started, what their operating costs are, and what obstacles they have faced along the way. Other small businesses exhibited materials and products to the Town Hall participants on tables around the room.
The four small businesses that were featured on the panel at this Town Hall meeting were:
Extraordinary Ventures, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Rising Tide Car Wash, Parkland, Fla.
Autistic Global Initiative (AGI), San Diego, Calif.
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Autism Speaks looks forward to hosting seven subsequent Small Business Town Halls this Fall! Please click here to find out if we are visiting a city near you.
These Small Business Town Halls are part of an Autism Speaks initiative, “Advancing the Role and Impact of Small Businesses in Employing Adults with Autism,” funded by a generous grant from the Ireland Family Foundation.
Check out an exclusive video from the New York City Town Hall event below!