Columbia Employment Consortium Members

Abilities for Business Logo

Abilities for is a free online resource that helps connect quality, qualified job applicants and employers through one portal.

Contact Information: or 573-443-1234

Alternative Community Training  (ACT)Logo

ACT Career Services works closely with the business community to support Boone County businesses with meeting their recruitment and retention needs. In a job market characterized by high worker mobility, businesses are often faced with the high cost of advertising, recruiting, and training new employees. Utilizing ACT Career Services yields immediate benefits to a business by cutting down on recruitment costs. ACT refers qualified job candidates matched to the positions businesses need to fill. Services provided to our business partners include: evaluation of open positions to streamline employee referral, a larger, more diverse pool of potential employees, support for on-boarding and training of the employee, consultation on job accommodations and the ADA, and many more.

Contact Information:
2200 Burlington Street
Columbia, MO 65202

Boone County Family Resources Logo

Boone County Family Resources serves persons of all ages and income levels with a diagnosed developmental disability who reside in Boone County. Each of us is special, with differing values, abilities and needs. Although different, we all value the opportunity to belong, reach our goals and actively participate in our community. Because each person served is unique, we assist with creating an individualized plan including agency services and supports – a plan to thrive in the community, connect with resources and achieve personal goals.

Contact Information:
1209 East Walnut
Columbia, MO 65201

Boone Supported Living

Boone Supported Living is dedicated to serving the needs of people with developmental disabilities.  The individuals we serve live in residential homes in the diverse community of Columbia, and our staff supports these individuals by working to achieve goals in their education, careers, and personal lives, so that they might lead a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Providing Ordinary Lives For Extraordinary People

Contact Information:
601 Business Loop 70 W Suite 127
Columbia, MO 65203

CARE: Career Awareness Related Experience

The City of Columbia's Career Awareness Related Experience (C.A.R.E.) Program's goal is for Columbia's youth to be ready to enter the workforce and become productive, self-sufficient citizens. Since 1982, the C.A.R.E. program has provided comprehensive services for Columbia’s at-risk youth that include: job readiness training, paid real-world hands-on work experience, mentoring, career exploration, and money management training. The C.A.R.E. program hires at-risk 14 to 20-year-olds who live in the City of Columbia, MO and/or attend a Columbia, MO school and places them at local businesses, where they gain much needed real-world hands-on work experience while getting paid. One hundred percent of the trainees’ wages are paid by C.A.R.E., which is administered through the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department.

Contact Information:
2nd floor of the Armory Sports Center
701 East Ash St., Columbia, MO 65201


GAMM works in conjunction with the Central Region Workforce Investment Board (C-WIB) and the Division of Workforce Development ( to help individuals find employment and/or become prepared to enter the workforce. We do this by sending individuals to training (via WIOA) and through a multitude of in house workshops and one on one assistance. Gamm, Incorporated will provide quality services that will enhance the employability of its customers so that they are able to acquire and maintain long-term, high wage employment and self-sufficiency.

GAMM, Inc.
1500 Vandiver Drive STE 115
Columbia, MO 65202

Phone: (573) 441-6361

Great Plains ADA Center Logo

The Great Plains ADA Center is your one stop resource for information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We provide information, materials, technical assistance and training to meet your business's ADA needs. The Great Plains ADA Center is part of the ADA National Network, which is comprised of ten regional centers funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Great Plains ADA Center serves Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

Contact Information:
100 Corporate Lake Drive
Columbia, MO 65203

Job Point Logo

Job Point is Missouri’s premier employment center and community development corporation, fully accredited by the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF). Since 1965, we have been linking people and jobs by providing career counseling and job placement assistance. We specialize in preparing individuals to enter the workforce, while meeting a critical need of the business community. We are proud of the expertise of our staff and the results we achieve. Customer satisfaction at 95% is our number one priority, with personal attention as our specialty.

Contact Information:
2116 Nelwood Drive, Ste. 200
Columbia, MO 65202
Toll Free: 800-844-6029

Missouri Job Center Logo

Missouri workforce system staff are located in Job Centers around the state to help job seekers find quality jobs and employers find qualified workers.

Missouri Job Centers offer free use of computers, printers, copiers, fax machines and phones for your job search activities. Assistive technology is also available, including: WindowEyes screen reader, ZoomText screen enlarger, CCTV, and eight adjustable tables for individuals with disabilities. TTY service and Ubiduo™ devices are available to assist the deaf and hard of hearing.

Columbia Job Center
1500 Vandiver Drive STE 115
Columbia, MO 65202

Phone: (573) 441-6361
Toll free: (888) 728-5627

Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation

Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation (MVR) specializes in employment services that assist eligible individuals with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining employment. To be eligible, a person must have a physical or mental impairment that causes limitations with working and require vocational rehabilitation services to be successfully employed. MVR offers a wide range of services that are individualized to meet the needs of each person. Services may include vocational guidance and counseling, job placement and job training. MVR also provides assistance with supported employment services, on-the-job training and assistive technology services. A counselor will assist in the development of a vocational plan and provide information so that individuals have informed choices regarding their employment. MVR operates under the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and has 25 offices statewide.

Contact Information:
1500 Vandiver Drive, Ste 111
Columbia, MO 65202-1563
Phone: (573) 441-6327
Toll free: (877) 222-8961

MoreGroup Logo

Missouri Rehabilitation and Employment Group (MORE Group) is a Community Rehabilitation Provider that provides employment services to persons with disabilities seeking to enter the workforce. We are a nationally accredited, non-profit organization serving the mid-Missouri area. We offer expertise in employment services, vocational counseling, human resources, psychometric testing and benefits planning. MORE Group opened its doors in Columbia, MO, in January 2009 and, though we are a young company and small by most standards, staff collectively has over 90 years of experience in the field of vocational rehabilitation. In 2010 we became CARF accredited. February 2012 saw the opening of our second office in Jefferson City, MO. We started MORE Group because we believed we could provide services not just differently but more effectively and efficiently. In the short time we’ve been operational, we have done exactly that.

Contact Information:
1900 N. Providence Rd., Ste. 327 Columbia, MO 65202
Phone: 573.499.1220


Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodeveopmental

The mission of the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri- Columbia is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism and neurodevelopmental disorders through world class programs that integrate research, clinical service delivery, education and public policy.The Thompson Center provides a range of services, including our Training Experts in Autism for Missouri (TEAM) initiative which provides FREE training and follow-up support to professionals working with individuals with autism. Trainings are available for professionals, such as job coaches or employers, with supports and tools specific to each location. A new Autism Friendly Business training has also been launched to help businesses become more welcoming to individuals and families affected by autism. By the fall of 2016, the Thompson Center will be starting a transition specific service for adults with autism to gain employment.

Contact Information:
205 Portland Street
Columbia, MO 65211

Logo for 100Percent Wine Project

100 Percent Wine Project is totally focused on helping to create jobs for people with disabilities because we believe that a job changes everything. By proving to businesses that it is in their financial best interest to hire people living with disabilities, we create durable and sustainable jobs. Our approach will be to educate potential employers that they will have a stronger, more profitable business by hiring more people living with disabilities. Almost two out of three people in this population is not in the workforce. This is an enormous pool of talent that can fill business staffing needs. The 100 Percent Wine Project will be our primary vehicle for job creation. 100 Percent Wine Project is run like a business to create a reliable funding mechanism for the work of job creation. Over time, we will announce many partnerships with organizations that have successfully adopted programs that create employment for people with disabilities. We will build relationships with effective employment programs and work together to break down barriers. We will encourage best practices, and build stronger partnerships between businesses and people living with disabilities that are seeking employment.