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Oklahoma Business Leadership Network


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The Oklahoma Business Leadership Network (OK BLN) is an employer led coalition that assists businesses to match their employment needs to the valuable resources that people with disabilities represent both in the labor and consumer markets. It is an affiliate of the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) initiative, a national business-led endeavor upholding workforce initiatives that enable qualified individuals with disabilities to succeed in the workplace.


OK BLN is business led and business driven to meet human resource needs. Basic functions of the organization include:

 Employers promoting employment of people with disabilities

 Employers encouraging others to do the same

 Marketing benefits of hiring qualified individuals with disabilities

 Communicating human resource, training and business needs to providers serving individuals with disabilities


Key activities of the OK BLN include:

 Host and promote (see below)

 Employer training on Disability Issues, Lessons Learned, and Shared Best Practices

 Future Employee Training

 Job Fairs (Virtual and Reverse)


The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services is contributing to the latest in job seeking and job recruitment technology for the State of Oklahoma. They have joined in partnership with Profiles International, Inc., to provide an innovative method of connecting applicants and employers internationally.

They are making this available now to their clients and all other people in Oklahoma with disabilities, so they can place their information in the database. Soon it will be announced statewide and applicants from Workforce Oklahoma and other placement agencies or applicants looking on their own will also begin using the system.

As the database of applicants is building, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will begin calling on employers all over the state of Oklahoma to begin using this system for their employment needs.

Employers want to hire people who have the right set of requirements. Employees want to work in a job that is fulfilling and enjoyable to them. In the JobFit system, employers complete a job posting by answering sixty questions about the soft skills required to be a top performer in the position, and employees complete a survey that will provide them and employers with information about their strengths for certain positions.. The system will choose matches based on education, training, experience, work traits and preferences. Both of you win!

Complete instructions for use of the website by both employers and employees are available on the website at:

If you have any questions about the JobFit website, call Marilyn Burr, Office of Disability Concerns, at 405-521-3756 or 800-522-8224.

Contact Information

Additional information about the Oklahoma Business Leadership Network may be obtained by contacting the State Liaison.

State Liaison

Statewide Program Manager
Business and Employment Services Team
Oklahoma Dept. of Rehabilitation Services
3535 NW 58th Street, Suite 500
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Phone: (405) 951-3596
Fax: (405) 951-3529

See Also:

Business Leadership Network

Business Leadership Network - Acronym Listing

Iowa Business Leadership Network

Massachusetts Business Leadership Network

South Dakota [Sioux Falls] Business Leadership Network

Virginia Business Leadership Network


Information for this topic was drawn from the OK Office of Disability Concerns website at:

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