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WSMA Presents Tools and Resources for Serving Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

October 21, 2021

Every day entrepreneurs with disabilities bring us products and services that are vital to our lives and our communities.  When we support these business owners with appropriate business tools and resources, they grow stronger and strengthen our communities. This webinar will present information and resources to help organizations and staff provide relevant business training, technical assistance and financing to business owners with disabilities.  Join WSMA (Click for Registration Link) on Thursday, October 21 at 2:00pm for this engaging webinar to become an organization that helps business owners with disabilities.

Our Featured Speakers: 

ChrisTiana ObeySumner (they/them) - Principal and Owner, Epiphanies of Equity

ChrisTiana is the Principal and Owner of her business specializing in education and consulting.  Her business consists of Social Equity Consulting and Advocacy (DEI); Training and Facilitation; Organizational Equity Scans; and Strategic Action Planning for Equity.  ChrisTiana's business opened in February 2018; as of March 2021 she’s serving 60 clients.


Emerson Sekins (he/him) – Executive Director, NW Access Fund

Emerson Sekins joined the staff in 2013 after graduating with a MPA from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Emerson brings to the Access Fund a strong background in cross-disability organizing and policy analysis, including serving as a co-chair for the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities from 2010-2012. Emerson studied and worked at the University of Washington from 2004 to 2013, graduating with his BA in Disability Studies in 2008, and returning for graduate school in 2010. While at the UW, he worked as the Assistant Coordinator at the Q Center, UW’s LGBT resource center, from 2010-2013. Emerson also served as the co-chair for UW’s Committee on Disability Issues, and as a graduate student assistant within the Disability Resources for Students office.


James O’Brien (he/him) - Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor, Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

In addition to a comprehensive set of employment services, DVR provides support to individuals with disabilities who wish to explore self-employment. James leads internal self-employment policy development, staff training, program development and contracted consultant services.

Thank you to our partners and supporters at Epiphanies of Equity, the NW Access Fund, the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Black-Owned Business Excellence, and the Washington State Department of Commerce for their support of this webinar.

Please contact cherie@wamicrobiz.org or 360.480.8048 for alternative registration.