Javier Chavez, Author and Business Owner
Did you know?
Almost 80% of adults with developmental disabilities are currently not employed.
There is often a tragic misunderstanding in the general public (and even amongst families and supporters of people with disabilities) that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities cannot work. Many think that there are few jobs, if any, that would suit someone with a disability.
"You can't do it."
This is the destructive message that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive daily. And many believe the lies that they’re not good enough, they can’t dream big dreams, and they’ll never accomplish their goals.
We believe that everyone has the capacity to push past their perceived limits and accomplish great things. We choose to focus on the diverse abilities of those who are often defined by their disabilities. We believe that every person is unique, and can dream big dreams and accomplish lofty goals with the right support.
In fact, many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are the proud owners and operators of micro-enterprises that fulfill needs in their communities!
We want to change the conversation around the intellectual and developmentally disabled community, and normalize the idea that everyone--especially individuals with disabilities--can be successful in providing quality services and products in relevant arenas. With the right tools, small business owners and employees with diverse abilities can accomplish great things.
Our team has spent the last 10 years assisting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to move toward independence by starting and operating their own microenterprise businesses. We have worked with entrepreneurs to teach them business principles, assist in developing their business ideas, walking them through the start-up process, providing ongoing assistance with daily operations, as well as assistance with product and service development, social media marketing and business expansion. While our clients have accomplished many things over the past 10 years, they have been hindered by lack of resources. Traditional funding methods for employment and microenterprise programs assisting the intellectually and developmentally disabled community do not provide the funds or resources necessary for business start up, continued operation, growth, or expansion. This is why Limitless Micro-Enterprise Development was formed. Limitless exists to equip business owners with diverse abilities by bridging the gaps between their dreams and their success. Whether they are designing apparel, creating home goods, or performing IT support; whether they are a business start-up, expanding business, or branching out into different products and services, we provide them with the specific resources they need to move their business to the next level or maintain a job that fits their skills and interests. Limitless seeks to offer the assistance of a talented pool of volunteer graphic designers, photographers/videographers, social media marketing specialists, trends researchers and business financial advisors to assist with all aspects of a growing business. We will soon have available fully equipped office spaces, production areas, and packaging/shipping areas. Additionally, Limitless will assist in making microenterprise start-up grants, microenterprise expansion loans, continued business training, and much more. With the support of our generous partners, we are able to launch business owners into success. Beginning in the summer of 2022, Limitless became a program under the umbrella of the Independence Through GRACE Foundation. We are excited for the the opportunities that this merger brings as we unite with others in the community who value all people and believe that everyone deserves the chance to thrive. We are currently accepting new applicants who utilize California's Self Determination Program.
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