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Center on Self-Employment

April 2024

National Center on Self-Employment, Business Ownership, and Telecommuting

Upcoming Webcasts!

Shawn Rosier4/25 Webcast: Approaching Customized Employment Self-Employment with a Team Strategy -

Join us as we kick off the Center of Self-Employment webcast series with an entrepreneur who utilizes strategy and teamwork to start and launch his dessert food truck trailer called Shawn Goes Bananas. Based in Tallahassee, Florida, Shawn Rosier and Team take us on their journey from idea conceptualization, the spark of inspiration, dedicated teamwork, and current growth and goals.

Trevor Dealy5/16 Webcast: Elevating Self-Employment with Social Media -

Social media continues to make its print in history as a free marketing resource for entrepreneurs to showcase their products or services to millions of people worldwide. In this webcast, join Trevor Dealy and his mother, Tia Dealy, to share how one simple video posted on their TikTok platform received nearly three million views within 24 hours, which resulted in selling out the entire Trev’s Trades inventory and a loyal 31k+ following. Today, Trevor’s artisanal soap quickly and consistently sells out after each new product launch is shared on their social media platforms.

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New Briefing Paper

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) Self-Employment Proficiency Scale Briefing PaperVocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) Self-Employment Proficiency Scale - Vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs provide critical support for individual with disabilities in obtaining employment. To expand opportunities and reduce barriers for VR customers, it is essential that VR programs offer a full range of employment options, including self-employment. Vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRC) must have sufficient knowledge, skills, and support to be effective in offering the self-employment option.

The Center on Self-Employment, Business Ownership, and Telecommuting, developed this proficiency scale to serve as a guide for VRCs and VR management in:

  1. Setting realistic expectations for VRCs who support VR customers with self-employment, given the VRC’s level of proficiency, and
  2. Developing a system of support for VRCs to ensure all VR customers exploring or pursuing self-employment receive quality VR services regardless of their VRC’s level of proficiency.

A VRC could use this scale to self-assess their knowledge of self-employment and to identify the support they need when working with a self-employment case. A State VR agency could use the proficiency scale to evaluate whether customers pursuing self-employment have access to the appropriate level of support or if there are systemic knowledge/skills gaps that need to be addressed.

Read the new briefing paper:

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