Kington, NY- The Cornell Creative Business and Arts Center, established by The Arc Mid- Hudson was recognized with a 2019 Award of Excellence by CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership. The Business and Arts Center was transformed from a sheltered workshop site into a vibrant environment that cultivates a synergy between businesses, the local arts community, and people with disabilities.

The Cornell Creative Business Center provides 11 artisan work sites which includes a shared shipping and receiving warehouse that allows start-up businesses to produce, package, label and ship their products. The companies that are currently partnering with the Cornell Creative
Business Center will receive reduced operating costs in return for hiring individuals with a disability within our organization. The goal is for the businesses to grow needing to find larger accommodations. This will allow new businesses to move in and then the cycle begins all over again.

Providing start-up businesses and people with disabilities the opportunity to learn, grow and prosper is what we are about.” Says Gary Bellows, Business Development Officer for The Arc Mid-Hudson. “We want to change the way people with disabilities are seen, and the businesses we brought into the Cornell Creative Business Center share the same values and appreciation as we do. Our goal is to get at least 25% of people with disabilities back working and earning a paycheck.”

The CQL Awards of Excellence recognize individuals, organizations, and/or systems that exemplify the very best in human services for people with disabilities. The 2019 award recipients were selected among dozens of submissions by entities that have achieved CQL Accreditation and/or CQL Certification. Since the CQL Awards of Excellence was first established in 2015, there have been only 10 recipients of this international designation.

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