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What is the Business Leadership Network?

  • The BLN is an employer-led venture affiliated with the U.S. BLN that promotes best practices to enhance employment opportunities for candidates with disabilities. www.usbln.org
  • There are currently 38 State BLN chapters and all are business-led initiatives.
  • All BLNs serve as a clearinghouse for busy employers who are interested in hiring qualified employees with disabilities or retaining employees who recently may have acquired a disability.

What Does Rhode Island Business Leadership Network Do?

  • Serve as an employer-to-employer network of small, medium and large businesses in RI who champion best practices to promote employment and retention of persons with disabilities.
  • Provide a trusting environment for businesses to turn to with questions/concerns when hiring or retaining employees with disabilities.
  • Build a network to exchange best practices as well as learn new methods to recruit and retain individuals with disabilities in their workforce.
  • Keep current on useful resources, developments, and information through networking, outreach and educational events.
  • Work collaboratively on common issues.

How will businesses benefit from hiring people with disabilities and providing greater public access?

  • Gain valuable employees, diversify workforce, and increase state revenue.
  • Gain customers through enhancing accessibility to goods and services for people with disabilities / gain access to an untapped market for goods and services.
  • Can receive tax credits for businesses providing reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities and those hiring targeted low-income groups (e.g. Supplemental Social Security recipient and individuals referred by vocational rehabilitation agencies) and eligible youths.
  • Have access to various state and private rehabilitation and training organizations.

Benefits of RIBLN Chapter Members

  • Peer-to-peer information
  • One resource
  • Promote diversity
  • Bottom line results
  • Avenue for giving back to the community
  • Add your voice to the new voice of business in Rhode Island that speaks with authority on issues of employment and disability.
  • Learn about innovative employment solutions that have been successful for businesses across the state.
  • No cost to join as an affiliate member.


The RI BLN will be part of a national network of other state BLN groups that operate under the auspices of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The RI BLN is not a government organization. It will be private sector based and will operate independent of any government agency.

USBLN - http://www.usbln.org

US BLN Website