Skip to main content

Press Release

ACCESS MEANS BUSINESS CONFERENCE; JUNE 9 & 10 - UNM ANDERSON SCHOOL

May 31, 2011

ACCESS MEANS BUSINESS CONFERENCE
JUNE 9 & 10 - UNM ANDERSON SCHOOL

(Albuquerque, NM) In today's competitive and diverse global economy, businesses cannot afford to overlook individuals with disabilities as a significant component of the workforce and marketplace. The first ever Access Means Business Conference at the Anderson School of Management on June 9 & 10 will give business owners insight into how to advance workforce diversity initiatives and show them how to create a solid business and marketing plan to attract every possible customer.

Anderson faculty, business and economic development leaders, along with representatives from national disability organizations will present six sessions over the 1-1/2 day conference.

  • Building the Business Case for Providing Access to Employees/Customers with Disabilities
  • Developing a Successful Reasonable Accommodation Process and the Final disability Definition Regulations
  • HR Opportunities/Collaboration for Employees with Disabilities
  • HR Disability Case Discussion
  • ADA Access: Serving Your Customers with Disabilities
  • Strategic Advantages: How Tax Law and Knowledge of Your True Marketplace will Improve Your Bottom Line

Individuals with disabilities represent 20% of the U.S. population and have more than $200 billion per year in disposable income. Anderson Accounting Professor and presenter Craig White says businesses can boost their profits by hiring employees with disabilities and making businesses more accessible and attractive to customers with disabilities:

"Knowledge of accessibility issues can provide a strategic advantage," says Dr. White. "For instance, universal design principles make all employees more productive and expand a business' marketing reach. Demographic trends, such as, the aging of the workforce, make this subject relevant to businesses of all sizes."

The cost to attend the Access Means Business Conference is $150. For more information or to register for the conference go to www.mgt.unm.edu/access.


###

The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit www.mgt.unm.edu, email info@mgt.unm.edu, or call (505) 277-6471.

PHOTOS, INTERVIEWS, AND FURTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON REQUEST