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Level Up!

August 31 @ 11:00 - 12:00 CDT

Level Up is an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to tap their entrepreneurial creativity and find the path to small business.

This event is designed specifically for entrepreneurs with disabilities. This session will cover the basics on how to pivot from the creative stages of imagining a small business, what it means to be an “entrepreneur”, the “how to” of taking the first steps to start a small business, business types to consider and how being an entrepreneur is a pathway to a sustainable lifestyle.

What kind of business do I want to start? How will I structure my business? Where can I access capital to start my business?

Key Takeaways:

  • Benefits to starting a small business
  • The basics on “how to” harness your creativity and get to the launch point
  • Key resources available to entrepreneurs getting started


    Peter C. DeHaas

    Founder and executive Director, San Francisco bay area disability business alliance

    Peter C. DeHaas is a mission-driven professional with a lifelong track-record of building pathways to academic, housing, and economic sustainability for diversely-abled individuals from He is leading the charge to expand how we think about “diversity” to include individuals with diverse abilities (disabilities) and the businesses and organizations they engage with. Peter’s career has spanned economic development, housing advocacy, education inclusion, and direct human services for a wide range of diverse clients, including veterans, the formerly incarcerated, youth, adults, immigrants and their families. Peter has experience building pathways to economic and academic inclusion for the deaf and hard of hearing, intellectually and developmentally disabled adults, individuals struggling with learning differences or mental illness, and physical disabilities.

    Currently, Peter founded and leads the San Francisco Disability Business Alliance (SFDBA), the first organization of its kind in the country focused on empowering individuals with disabilities to secure economic independence through self-employment and small business ownership. Through his work at the SFDBA, Peter has built partnerships between the growing community of disability-owned small businesses in San Francisco and major local corporations including Kaiser Permanente and Bank of the West. Peter is also fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and, over the past 9 years has taught ASL to more than 1000 future educators, social workers, nurses, and community advocates as a lecturer at San Francisco State University.

    In his previous role as Director of Disability Resources and Academic Inclusion, Peter built pathways to academic success for more than 2000 diverse students at Golden Gate University – the majority of whom were women, people of color, veterans, and often all three-across the University’s Law and Business programs. In Colorado, Peter spearheaded community engagement across a number of successful direct-serving programs including launching the Bridges to Boulder Community Sign Language program and cultivating the non-attorney advocacy program between Denver University and the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition. Above all, Peter is a builder of bridges and is skilled at finding ways and mustering resources to connect deeply with diverse people and communities, resulting in lasting partnerships and positive economic, social, and community impact.

    The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is a 501c(3) public charity whose mission it is to make entrepreneurship accessible to all. We deliver world-class resources and mentoring to enable every entrepreneur across the globe to realize their maximum potential. Please join us and make your gift to ensure these transformative programs may continue to reach the underserved.

    All Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least 48 hours in advance of this event; please send an email to [email protected] with the subject header ACCOMMODATION REQUEST. For assistance with registration or other technical difficulties, please contact [email protected]


    August 31
    11:00 - 12:00 CDT
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    Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
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