Peter DeHaas founded the San Francisco Disability Business Alliance (SFDBA) to provide people with disabilities with equal and inclusive opportunity in business and entrepreneurship. While there are many organizations in the City focused on providing job training and placement services for people with disabilities, DeHaas pointed out at the September Tech Council meeting that individuals with disabilities in the United States are more likely to start their own businesses (14.3%) than the general population (12.2%). As a result, he wants to ensure that “we no longer leave this important segment on the economic sidelines.”
SFDBA is dedicated to promoting and supporting business owners and entrepreneurs in San Francisco who have disabilities to develop and grow their businesses, and that San Francisco benefits fully from the expertise, diversity, and innovation these businesses and individuals have to offer. By providing access to business development support, nurturing entrepreneurial opportunities, galvanizing procurement and supply chain connections to major corporations, and by advocating for effective local government policies through a unique strategic partnership with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, SFDBA plans to build a powerful and integrated local community of businesses owned by people with disabilities.
SFDBA plans to release a directory of local businesses owned by people with disabilities in 2020.