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WeCo Accessibility Services

Submitted by: Lynn Wehrman
Business Website: http://theweco.com
State: Minnesota
City: Minneapolis

Business Description

WeCo trains individuals living with disabilities to test website and software in conjunction with US and international accessibility legislation and guidelines.

What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?

WeCo is a place where the physical and cognitive challenges people face can be turned into talents to help our customers make their websites and software truly accessible to people living with disabilities. We provide training and advancement opportunities to a team of more than 20 Certified Test Consultants so that they can work for us from home. These individuals represent all four disability classifications recognized by the US Department of Human Services: cognitive, hearing, mobility and sight-related disabilities. Our Accessibility Specialists provide customized testing and training to clients who may have never understood the unique challenges users living with disabilities encounter on their websites and software. These digital specialists also live with one or more disability, and are experts at using screen reader software and other assistive technology. WeCo provides employment to a group of people that experiences up to an 80% unemployment/underemployment rate:

The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

Without the guidance of SCORE volunteer, Dan Nissen, it would have been much more difficult to understand the business environment of Section 508 compliance we were attempting to break into back in 2011. He gave us excellent direction on how to position ourselves in the market, where to find potential clients and also took time to help us trouble shoot financial downturns.

Please describe the specific ways that your business has been successful and how it will grow in the next year.

WeCo enjoyed a revenue growth of 129% in 2017. We began working with Fortune 500 companies like 3M, Incorporated and Deluxe. We are beginning to explore taking on investors which will enable us to double our internal staff team to meet the growing demands for our product this year. We anticipate generating 1 million dollars in revenue in 2019.
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