What About Self-employment?

”Are you self-employed? Do you want to be?”

There are many people who are living with Parkinson's who are self-employed. On this page you will find resources for joining their entrepreneurial ranks, including advice and information on business loans to assist you with your start-up costs. These links provide guidance on a wide range of business supports and services for persons with disabilities who are looking to begin their own small businesses. There are Canadian and American programs listed here.


Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

Business Financing for Western Canada

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program is designed to help rural western Canadians with disabilities gain easier access to business training and development, mentoring and one-on-one counseling services, and financial assistance in their pursuit of self-employment and entrepreneurship.

Would-be entrepreneurs living in rural areas in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba can access financial assistance and a range of business supports and services.

Advice and Business Loans for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (ABLED)

Western Economic Diversification Canada - WD

The ABLED Loan Program is offered in cooperation with VanCity Credit Union and Coast Capital Savings Credit Union. ABLED is designed to improve access to business services and other support mechanisms to entrepreneurs with disabilities to start or expand small businesses in British Columbia.


Small Business Ownership and Whole Business Accommodations - a key to success for entrepreneurs with disabilities.

National Council on Disability

The National Council on Disability's overall purpose is to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability; and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.

Abilities Fund - Developer and financial institution targeted exclusively to advancing entrepreneurial opportunities for Americans with disabilities.
BOLD Business Consultants - (Businesspersons Overcoming Limitations from Disabilities) various entrepreneurial resources and services.
Disabled Entrepreneur - new online community.
Office of Disability Policy – summary information on self employment for people with disabilities.
Emerging Workforce of Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Research paper: Preliminary Study of Entrepreneurship in Iowa
Self Employment in Rural Areas – Research and resources from the Research and Training Center on Rural Rehabilitation Issues.
Small Business and Self-Employment Service - Information and advice on business development for people with disabilities.
PWD - Self Employment - Yahoo Discussion group on issues of self-employment for people with disabilities.

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