Chicago, IL – The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced that it has received a $150,000 grant from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, which will be used to energize the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network (CBLN).

“This grant will be instrumental in allowing the CBLN to serve as the collective voice for Chicagoland businesses working to facilitate employment for individuals with disabilities,” said Ann Kisting, Executive Director of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “We look forward to building a network of businesses and organizations focused on providing resources and information on workplace inclusion and diversity.”

The CBLN is a professional network designed to meet business needs around disability issues that impact workforce, supply chain, customer, community and strategic growth initiatives.

The CBLN will work through the Chamber Foundation to address the high unemployment rate of people with disabilities in the region and to create an environment within the Chicagoland business community where individuals with disabilities are accepted and provided the resources needed to succeed.

“We’re honored to accept this grant from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust,” said Theresa E. Mintle, President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. “This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, so the timing is perfect for our Foundation to reinforce itself as a strong advocate for employees with disabilities, disability-owned organizations, and service-disabled veterans.”

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