Local employers recognized

October 22nd, 2009    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness, the Clermont County Business Advisory Council (BAC) recognized its 2009 Employer of the Year Awards Oct. 9 at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon.

Frisch’s (Eastgate and Batavia) and Rivertown IGA were the honored recipients.

Harold Bryant, manager of the Batavia Frisch’s Restaurant and Brian Harvey, manager of the Eastgate branch, were recognized as the Large Company “Employer of the Year.”

Throughout 2009, both employers have arranged Community Based Work Assessments which help train individuals with disabilities in real-life work environments. In addition, Bryant and Harvey have both hired permanent employees with disabilities within each of their restaurants and have assisted in coordinating transition-to-work opportunities for high school students.

Rivertown IGA in New Richmond received the Small Company "Employer of the Year" award, with Linda Singleton-Taylor and Carol Porter accepting the award. Singleton-Taylor, IGA owner, and her staff provide an excellent training site for community based work assessments, assist with transitioning high school students into the workplace, and have hired numerous individuals with disabilities to work in various capacities within the New Richmond store (stock clerk, baggers, and delicatessen clerks). Singleton-Taylor and her staff truly go above and beyond to make each experience successful.

"Clermont County is strengthened by companies such as Frisch's and Rivertown IGA," said Scott Brown, BAC co-chair and Program Coordinator for the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. "The BAC is proud to work with these and other valued employers in our community to assist individuals with disabilities to gain work skills that will help them achieve positions within positive work environments."

Agencies that are members of the Clermont County Business Advisory Council include the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Workforce One of Clermont County, the Clermont Counseling Center's Work Initiative Network, the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, and the Clermont County Office of Economic Development. Each year, the Clermont Chamber of Commerce allows the BAC to honor Employers of the Year at their October Legislative Luncheon.

For more information about the Clermont County Business Advisory Council, contact Scott Brown at (513) 732-4851 or Denise Gleason at (513) 518-6993.
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