For this special Veterans Day edition of Business with Blair, we bring you Sheridan Walker. Sheridan is the founder and CEO of HirePotential, Inc. as well as someone I admire very much. At HirePotential, Sheridan works with companies to recruit, hire and retain people with disabilities.
So, without further adieu…
1. Tell me about what you do. How does your business work?
I do a variety of work in disability compliance and inclusion for government contractors of all sizes. Most of our work is with mid and large size companies for the most part.
We offer six types of services:
a. Training, which is anywhere from onsite, webinars to e-learning courses.
b. Accommodation implementation, we’ll set up someone with a disability so they can do their job. For example, we assist in an employee who may be blind with their assistive technology they use to do their job. B. Applicant Accommodation Call Center Support Service- Accommodation assistance for a company’s process. We assist applicant to apply to a job if the company’s website is not accessible which most are not. C. IT help desk support for assisted technology users within a company.
c. Website accessibility testing and implementation, where we test a company’s website against the accessibility global standards to ensure that most users can access their site for purchases or apply for a job without barriers. Most websites are not access to people with disabilities. We also do remediation, where we help make PDF’s, applications and their materials accessible.
d. Tax Credit administration. There are several incentives companies can capture in hiring people and veteran with disabilities. There are several other targeted groups as well. We assist companies with administrating the tax credits.
e. Outsourced recruiting.
2. How big are the populations of the people you work with? Tell me a bit about them and what they have in common.