Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust has renewed its commitment to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation by offering $100,000 toward its Chicagoland Business Leadership Network (CBLN) program.
The CBLN is the only business-focused organization in the state that addresses the needs related to including differently abled people from a talent and community perspective. The CBLN acts as the bridge between businesses and people with disabilities, providing education, resources and networking opportunities.
"The chamber and the chamber foundation are delighted and grateful for this renewed and generous support from The Chicago Community Trust," Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Theresa Mintle said. "This grant represents a strong vote of confidence in our work to facilitate acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities. The CBLN hopes to build on the momentum that was created from last year's efforts."
During its first year, the CBLN received the support from 20 partners in Chicago’s business community. The CBLN hosted its first Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit in November; a second annual summit will be held later this year.
"This renewed grant and the support of our dedicated partners will allow the CBLN to continue to serve as the collective voice for Chicagoland businesses working to facilitate employment for people with disabilities," Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation Executive Director Ann Kisting said. "We will continue to build programs and events to help Chicago area employers more effectively recruit, market and hire from the talented pool of job applicants with disabilities."
Last July, the CBLN welcomed the Disability Rights Museum on Wheels to Chicago for a special event at the Shedd Aquarium, where attendees were able to network, see the mobile museum and learn about the pioneers of the disability rights movement.