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Dyanne Demas

Employment Consultant

Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Business Engagement Model

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies have developed different structures for business engagement (BE) activities. We understand there is rarely a completely rigid structure for business engagement activities. The BE structure that most closely describes how your agency has organized BE activities.

Regional Business Relations Model: BE is primarily the responsibility of dedicated business specialists located throughout the state.

Description of other BE model.

Some states may be in the process of moving from one BE model or structure to a different one, or the BE model is being developed. Currently undergoing a significant change in your approach to business engagement?


Description of transition of BE models or structure.

WIOA Partnership Activities

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Activities that are part of your WIOA partnership approach relative to BE.

We participate in regular meetings with WIOA partners relative to BE.

We have shared staff positions dedicated to BE with WIOA partners.

We have a shared database of our business contacts with one or more WIOA partners.

We connect with businesses as a WIOA employment (or other) team.

We share office space with our WIOA partners

Description of your other WIOA partnership approach.

WIOA Partner Agreements

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Is only one state agency the lead for BE?


Is the VR agency (either general, combined, or blindness) the designated lead agency?


If the VR agency is not the designated lead, what WIOA agency is the lead agency for BE?

Description of your unique approach or structure.

Additional information about how your agency is structuring BE as a part of the WIOA partnership.

Each region in Vermont has a Business Account Manager, BAM, who assist in connecting the state agencies to the business and keep current information in the Sale Force data base. They also assist in education business about Progressive Employment opportunities as well as inform the state agencies of opportunities offered by the business.

BE Data Collection Strategy

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Primary method for collecting and storing information about your BE activities.

Other - please describe

Description of BE data collection strategy.

Vermont has both AWARE and SalesForce. AWARE tracks comcumers prograss and SalesForcehas business informatin

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