Chicago Interactive Marketing Association awards JJ’s List CDSI Grant
What a great opportunity for our team members with disabilities to build their communications skills for employment! The Chicago Interactive Marketing Association just named JJ’s List the 2nd place winner for its Chicago Digital Start-up Initiative (CDSI). We join the ranks of fast-growing digital enterprises such as Citizen Made, PPC Analyzer and OkCopay.
What did we snag?
- Direct connections to the drivers behind the digital start-up community in Chicago.
- Access to Chicago digital marketing pros.
- Pro-bono assistance from CIMA board members who will hold our feet to the fire on strategy and outcomes.
- $5000 cash. (sweet!)
This is a huge boost for JJ’s List. We are a non-profit, digital social enterprise where young adults with all disabilities – including autism, brain-injury, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy – build essential communications skills for employment, our team uses its disability expertise to train business employees
to dump outdated thinking about disability, and redefine the way they speak about disability (the words handicapped
last century); exactly what businesses need if they want to reach the growing, multi-billion dollar market of customers and employees touched by disability.
For the next year, CIMA experts will work with us to strengthen our marketing strategy to businesses. Why does this matter? Because every time a business uses our service, it directly supports the training of people with disabilities for meaningful careers at JJ’s List and beyond.
So thank you, CIMA! This grant will go a long way to change the futures of people with disabilities and strengthen disability awareness in the community. We can’t wait!