Self-employment is an option for everyone!


Our Team

What started out as two parents concerned about the future of their two children has grown into a community supporting the same mission: for individuals with developmental disabilities to obtain meaningful employment by pursuing their passions. Some call it self-employment. We call it the #JobCreators Movement!

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Minerva Santiago, Co-founder, has over 15 years of experience in special needs planning and consulting. Minerva guides individuals and families with disabilities in their pursuit of self-employment and long-term sustainability through benefits planning and more. 

Boaz Santiago, Co-founder, focuses on self-employment education & consulting and is a former Certified Business Technical  Assistance  Consultant (CBTAC) for the Florida Vocational Rehabilitation,  responsible for supporting potential entrepreneurs with disabilities  through all stages of their business.

Jerry Osteryoung, Ph.D., is our Educational Advisor. Jerry was a Professor of Entrepreneurship (Emeritus) at the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Florida State University. He was the founding Executive Director of the Jim Moran Institute.

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Jennie Trocchio Kirkland, Ph.D., is a Certified Teacher with extensive experience creating programs for individuals with autism and related disorders. Jennie also teaches in a post-secondary setting as an adjunct professor of Special Education.