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Ohio program aims to help disabled entrepreneurs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A new program aims to help Ohioans with disabilities open and grow small businesses.

The Ohio Abilities pilot program was announced Wednesday by the state development department and Rehabilitation Services Commission.

 It is funded by about $2 million in federal stimulus and vocational rehabilitation money in the Akron, Columbus, Marietta, Toledo and Youngstown areas.

Development department small business centers plan to provide business counseling, marketing training and technical assistance to businesses started by those who receive Rehabilitation Services Commission assistance.

The commission also is using $1.3 million in stimulus funds to hire a firm to train staff and community members and to work with up to 60 entrepreneurs with disabilities.

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