SBAM hosts disability hiring workshop in October

The Small Business Association of Michigan will conduct a one-day training seminar this fall to help businesses proactively hire people with disabilities.

The MI Hidden Talent Workshop will take place Oct. 28 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. The free seminar will provide resources, strategies and best practices for hiring and retaining Michiganders with disabilities, according to a news release from the SBAM. The event is open to small business owners, business leaders and human resources leaders.

“People with disabilities have to show tremendous creativity, perseverance and determination to achieve what many people take for granted,” said SBAM President Brian Calley. “The MI Hidden Talent Workshop will provide small businesses with helpful strategies and resources to successfully add these talented and capable Michiganders to their workforce.”

The keynote speaker is PNC’s Vice President of Human Resources and Accessibility Officer Greg Pollock, who leads PNC’s disability strategy and efforts to enhance inclusion at PNC. Pollock previously led diversity and inclusion efforts for Dow Chemical Co.

The training seminar will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kellogg Center, 219 S. Harrison Road in East Lansing. Tickets to the event are free, but registration is required to attend. To register, go to and click on the register button. Lunch will be provided to attendees.

Calley, then lieutenant governor, created the MI Hidden Talent initiative in 2016 in partnership with Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein to help business owners intentionally hire Michiganders with disabilities. Delta Dental is the title sponsor of the event.

According to the Cornell University “2017 Disability Status Report for Michigan,” the employment rate of working-age people with disabilities in Michigan was 33.5%. The percentage of people with disabilities working full-time in Michigan in 2017 was 21.2%, and the median annual earnings of year-round full-time workers with disabilities were $40,000.



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