Pittsburgh, PA, August 24, 2016 – O’Brien Communications, a Pittsburgh public relations consultancy, has announced it is among the first Pennsylvania small businesses and first public relations firms to become a certified disability-owned business under the Pennsylvania Small Diverse Business program. More specifically, O’Brien Communications has been certified by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (PDGS) as part of its expansion of the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities program. The certification and verification process led to O’Brien Communications’ designation as a Small Diverse Business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In July 2016, PDGS expanded the program this program to include small businesses owned by people with disabilities (Disability Owned Business Enterprise – DOBE®), and businesses owned by members of the LGBT community. This expansion was part of efforts to maximize inclusion and diversity in Pennsylvania, and the Governor’s Executive Order 2015-11 on Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities in Commonwealth Procurement and in Pennsylvania’s Economy.
To qualify for certification, O’Brien Communications has met the state’s eligibility requirements as a small business and has maintained certified status as a DOBE® from the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN®).
According to the U.S. Census, there are an estimated 57 million people with disabilities in the U.S. Around 15% of those who are working are self-employed.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for many disability-owned small businesses throughout Pennsylvania,” said Tim O’Brien, founder and principal at O’Brien Communications. “But most importantly, it recognizes the value that people with disabilities bring as small business owners.”
About USBLN’s Program
The USBLN Disability Supplier Diversity Program® (DSDP) manages supplier diversity programs that include businesses that are 51% or more owned, operated, controlled and managed by individual(s) with disabilities. Since its launch in January 2010, the USBLN® DSDP has been advancing economic opportunities for entrepreneurs with disabilities including service disabled veteran-owned firms.
USBLN is the nation’s leading third-party certifier of disability-owned business enterprises (DOBE®s). The DSDP serves in an advocacy and certification role, linking DOBE®s to information, resources and contract opportunities with corporations, government and other purchasing organizations.
About O’Brien Communications
Founded by Tim O’Brien in 2001, Pittsburgh-based O’Brien Communications builds its client service with a focus on: Corporate Communications & Strategic Planning; Marketing Communications; Public Relations & Media Relations; Content Development & Professional Writing; and Crisis & Issues Management. Clients have ranged from Fortune 500 corporations to nonprofits and emerging start-ups.
In addition to his service to clients and his community, Tim O’Brien, who uses a cane due to a mobility disability, has advocated for increased use of people-first language in business communications.
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