Small Business Awards
In partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and the Guilford Merchants Association, the Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities sponsors an annual awards reception every May to recognize employers who have successfully employed people with disabilities or been instrumental in building a barrier-free community.
Awards & Nominations
Outstanding Employer of the Year:
- Recognizes employers who demonstrate outstanding achievements towards improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
- Given to employers with an exceptional record of hiring and/or facilitating employment for people with disabilities and that have made efforts toward a barrier-free environment.
Brant Taylor Barrier-Free Success Award:
Recognizes and honors an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to creating a barrier-free environment for persons with disabilities.
In 2019, A Special Blend board president Deedee Ungethiem accepted the award for Outstanding Employer of the Year. Sharon Williams, inclusion manager for Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department, was awarded the Brant Taylor Barrier Free Success Award.
One of the largest functions the Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities hosts is Shoppers' Day, a December shopping event to showcase the talent of people with disabilities and to allow community volunteers -- primarily high school students -- a chance to learn first-hand the barriers that people with disabilities face. Each year, more than 700 individuals with different abilities from throughout Guilford County participate.