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Business Owners With Disabilities: Stronger Together

Abby Cervera from Alignable

Mar 26th, 2021


Owning a small business comes with its unique challenges but can be especially complex to navigate as a business owner with a disability— especially in the times of COVID.

That’s why we’re teaming up with leader of the Disabled Small Business Owners group, Kevin Kirby, to find out his top tips to successfully own and operate a business with a disability.

Owner of The Barksville Inn, a cage-free dog daycare and boarding service in Brooktondale, NY, Kevin has successfully been growing his business for the past five years.

4 Success Tips for Business Owners with Disabilities

Keep reading to find out how Kevin has grown his thriving dog boarding business in the face of adversity and how you can too, no matter what challenge you're facing.

1. Use your community for support

Sharing advice and supporting each other can be a huge help.

Kevin’s biggest piece of advice is to lean on other business owners who have encountered the same struggles. “Don’t reinvent the wheel,” Kevin says.

“I think that a lot of us have experienced similar challenges when trying to start a business as a disabled individual. Sharing advice and supporting each other can be a huge help.”

Finding it difficult to locate a group specifically for business owners with disabilities on any other platform, Kevin started a group on Alignable.

“I really believe that this group can help out a lot of other small business owners. Just having the ability to talk to each other and share knowledge is great.”