Establishing a 'micro enterprise' is one way for people with disabilities to get their foot in the door of the world of business, while maintaining a strong foothold in their local community.
Michael Mooney is a micro enterprise businesses owner, and the power of community and personal connection is at the very heart of his business 'Greens 2U'.
As someone who struggled to find employment, Mr Mooney discovered that establishing a micro enterprise was a career option possible for people with disabilities, and could see a new future for himself.
He loved the outdoors, had studied horticulture, and had a big north facing front yard, the perfect spot for a market garden.
With the support of his local Lions club, his overgrown front yard was cleared and had its soil turned over. Four years later, Mr Mooney is on a first name basis with his customers, delivering freshly picked organic vegetables for sale.
His small business is supported by an Enterprise Management Group who bring backgrounds in horticulture, business and accounting, and help to make business and recruitment decisions.
As part of a partnership with the Community Living Project, Mr Mooney will run a workshop to be held in Victor Harbor on Tuesday, February 23, where he will share his experience, along with many other examples from creative and highly valued micro enterprise owners.
Families, people with disabilities and their allies can stay on for a workshop session to start to explore the possibilities available for themselves.
"We try to meet once a month to talk through ideas and find solutions to problems. These people give freely of their time," Mr Mooney said.
Mr Mooney has a detailed planting and harvesting plan and delivery schedule, and takes great pride in the presentation of his fresh food delivery boxes.
"We put a lot of thought into packaging, and getting the pricing right," he said.
NDIS funding supports a personal assistant to support Mr Mooney in his workdays and he said he was proud of how he has been able to create a work routine, and has built new confidence by talking with customers and people in the community.
As part of the workshop in Victor Harbor, a second Community Living Project event will be held on Wednesday, February 24 and explore the idea of a person's vision for how they want to live their life, and having people around them who share their vision
Bookings for both workshops can be made online, via: www.communitlivingproject.org.au or by phone on: 08 8384 7866.