2019 Inclusion Award Nominations

Call for Nominations: W.I.O.A. Partners, Southwest Missouri Inclusion Award

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Inclusion Award

If you know about a business in Southwest Missouri that has gone above and beyond to recruit, hire or retain people from minority groups, it’s time to nominate them for the second annual WIOA* Partners Southwest Missouri Inclusion Award!  Last year’s recipient was the Joplin Olive Garden.  Finalists were Simple Simons Pizza in Joplin and Stangs Travel Center in Anderson.

We would love to receive your nominations of Southwest Missouri businesses that actively recruit people with disabilities, provide training for staff to improve awareness of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, conduct activities to make their workplaces more inclusive for minority cultures, or any number of possibilities that promote inclusiveness of minority groups.

A business or organization is eligible for this award if it is located in any of the following counties: Barry, Barton, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald or Newton. There are a few other requirements, which you can check by clicking below.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Aug. 30, 2019. You can submit a nomination by clicking the link below.

The award will be presented at the fourth annual Inclusion Forum set for Oct. 3 at the Holiday Inn in Joplin. The Inclusion Forum will take place in the morning and will include breakfast.  It will conclude by noon, so that you can get back to the rest of your day. Forum registration will open in September. If you would like to receive an email alert as soon as registration opens, click the appropriate link below to let us know. 

* The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners strive to help individuals improve their skills and obtain and maintain employment.

Click here for the Nomination Criteria

Click here to Submit a Nomination

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