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World Bank offers incentives. Sec. Chao praises employers
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Oct. 21, 2003 -- This week's E-Letter, like our previous October E-Letters, focuses on employment.

The World Bank Group Corporate Procurement Unit is making a commitment "to increasing business participation of Disabled Owned Business Enterprises by direct contracting, and by working with Bank Group's prime contractors to help them expand their subcontracting of Bank Group related business," says World Bank's Judy Heumann. "Procurement practices provide opportunities for access and growth of disabled owned business enterprises through their Minority, Women and Disabled Owned Business Enterprise." More about the Corporate Procurement Unit Supplier Diversity Program is online at

Five businesses, four organizations, and one individual received New Freedom Initiative Awards from Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao to "recognize exemplary and innovative public-private partnership efforts in furthering the employment objectives of the President's New Freedom Initiative." The recipients -- corporations Booz Allen Hamilton. Cingular Wireless, Giant Eagle, , IBM and Manpower, Inc.; organizations Abilities, Inc. of Albertson, N.Y., the Courage Center in Minneapolis, the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce in Salisbury, Md., and the Sensory Access Foundation of Sunnyvale, Calif; and Joyce Bender of Pittsburgh's Bender Consulting -- were honored in a luncheon ceremony at the Labor Department last week.

"President George W. Bush wants all Americans, including Americans with disabilities, to have the opportunity to learn and develop skills and engage in productive work," said Secretary Chao in a press statement.. "The recipients of the 2003 Secretary's New Freedom Initiative Awards are organizations that recognize the value that persons with disabilities bring to the workplace and exemplify that philosophy in their daily operations."

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