Presenters: Emmanuel Smith & Cynthia A. Miller, J.D. Date: April 13, 2021 Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Location: Online ADA and Small Businesses: Learn the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it applies to your business in the areas of physical access, reasonable accommodations to policy and practices and effective communication. We will review issues related to service animals, COVID 19 and masks, and websites and mobile apps. Plus, a review of practical suggestions and solutions to increase your inclusivity of persons with disabilities with your business. About our speakers Emmanuel Smith attended Drake University where he completed his Bachelors in Political Science. Born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, he has held a lifelong interest in disability and political action to improve the rights of disabled people everywhere. His work at DRI focuses on barriers to employment, disability discrimination in the workplace, and advocating for effective employment services for people with disabilities. Cynthia A. Miller, J.D., received her undergraduate degree from University of Iowa in 1997, graduating with distinction with a bachelor of arts in English. Cynthia received her doctorate of jurisprudence (J.D.) from Drake University Law School in 2000. She was admitted to the State Bar of Iowa in 2000, and is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Iowa and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Cynthia is the Legal Director at Disability Rights Iowa and provides legal representation and systemic advocacy to individuals with disabilities in the State of Iowa in areas including special education, community integration, guardianship, accessibility and employment law.
Presenter: Ciara Ladroma, Project Manager, The Iowa Center' WBC & Ben Schultz, Client Services Coordinator Date: April 14, 2021 Time: Noon - 1:00pm Location: Online Turn your dream into a plan with this small group, one-hour business planning class. The Iowa Center staff will help you kickstart your business plan by providing you a road map on completing your plan and taking the next steps towards business ownership. Also connect with other aspiring small business owners to refine your business ideas as you put them into real plans. About our speakers As our new WBC project manager, Ciara will be organizing and implementing programs to train and counsel Iowans, specifically women, interested in starting or growing a business. Ben spends his time at The Iowa Center meeting with new clients to help connect them with best resources and events for education and advancement. He works to make sure people are aware of the countless opportunities available at The Iowa Center and in the community.