Welcome to SERN
The Self-Employment Resource Network (SERN)
SERN is a (501c3) not-for-profit education corporation established for the purpose and promotion of the development and expansion of self-employment for persons with disabilities. Our mission is to locate relevant self-employment resources, translate those resources into user-friendly terms, facilitate networking opportunities, and to identify best practices and most effective procedures for persons with disabilities interested in becoming self-employed or maintaining a productive small business.
SERN provides four core programs to assist those with disabilities and abled in their own way in this endeavor:
- First Friday Entrepreneur Teleconference/Webinars
- Business Mentor Program
- Speakers Bureau
- Web-based Resources
- Information and Referral
Goals 2011 – 2012
SERN will broaden our outreach and strengthen our core programs as the need for our services grow in need as the success rate of individuals with disabilities becoming self-employed or owning a small business rise. We will be implementing an Auxiliary Board during the year adding support to the corporation to assist individuals reach their highest level of self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship. Our work with the Illinois rehabilitation spectrum will continue and we will initiate collaborations with entities focusing on youth with disabilities transitioning from the education system. SERN will introduce a blog that will serve as a vehicle to dispatch and share information, opinions, and references about tools and trends in the field of self-employment as they pertain to persons with disabilities. These steps will help us accomplish our mission of promoting the development and expansion of self-employment for persons with disabilities.