Below are a some frequently asked questions for your convenience. Call us directly for answers to your specific questions and unique situation. We are happy to help in any way we can!
What is New Ventures, Inc. (NVI)?
What are the admission requirements?
At New Ventures, we strive to teach individuals with disabilities and barriers to employment the skills to succeed in the workforce. Though we wish we were, we aren’t able to provide work for every individual. Below are the requirements for applying at New Ventures:
- Must be at least 18 years of age and have proper identification as required by the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, for completion of I-9 Form.
- Must follow all prescription medications.
- Must be alcohol free and drug free.*
- Must be able to take care of own personal needs, including taking any medications, mobility, eating and drinking, and restroom usage (if this is a problem an attendant independent of New Ventures may be required.)
- Must not present a danger to self or others.
- Must voluntarily agree to participate in the program and follow all rules and regulations, including ownership of a program and willingness to accept reasonable work assignments.
- New Ventures does require a criminal background report but does not automatically exclude individuals based on the information.*
- *Your background check and drug screen results are confidential and will not be shared with anyone.
What are barriers to employment?
Barriers to employment could include, but are not limited to:
- Lack of education (no high school diploma or GED).
- Criminal history.
- Lack of work experience.
- Community re-entry.
How do I get my child/myself enrolled at New Ventures?
Most of our referrals come through the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). First, you apply through GVRA and they obtain your medical information, disabilities, and other information. Then, in many cases, GVRA will refer you to New Ventures, Inc. for Work Evaluation and Work Adjustment programs if our services match your needs and interests.
If you have another barrier than a disability and are not enrolled in GVRA you can fill out our interest form and a member of the vocational services team will reach out to you. You can also walk-in for an interview on Tuesday’s from 9 am – 12 pm, Wednesday’s from 1 pm – 4 pm, or Friday’s from 9 am – 11:30 am.
Where can I find training for persons with disabilities so I can help my child or dependent get a job?
We hope it’s with us! However, we would first refer you to Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) to make sure your child’s needs are fully understood and evaluated. You can reach them at (706) 298-7270.
What levels of disabilities does NVI serve?
We serve people with all kinds of different abilities, so long as they are able to perform a task to the satisfaction of the employer and have the ability to take care of personal needs such as taking medications, eating and drinking, and restroom usage. Each client receives customized training. We hope new skills are learned and existing skills are made even stronger.
Does it cost a fee to be in the program? If so, how much?
There is no fee to benefit from our training program. The only payment required is $10 for an onsite drug screen. In most instances, individuals will earn a training wage during their participation in New Ventures Inc. work programs.
I have a friend with a disability. How can I point them in the right direction to get help?
First, contact Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency so your friend can get a full evaluation of his or her needs. You can reach the GVRA office by calling (706) 298-7270. If for any reason GVRA is unable to help, then please let us know and we will try to find other resources to assist them in finding training and/or employment.
Are there any tax advantages for hiring employees with disabilities or other barriers to employment?
When your business hires workers with disabilities, you may qualify for some of the following tax credits and deductions. You may find more detailed information in the IRS publications referenced.
Disabled Access Credit: This is a tax credit for an eligible small business that pays or incurs expenses to provide access to persons with disabilities. The expenses must be to enable the eligible small business to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. (IRS Code Section 44) — See IRS Publication 535 and Form 8826
Barrier Removal Tax Deduction: Businesses may be able to take an annual deduction for expenses related to removing physical, structural, and transportation barriers for people with disabilities. — See IRS Publication 535
Work Opportunity Credit: This credit provides employers with an incentive to hire persons from certain population groups having a particularly high unemployment rate or other special employment needs, such as Vocational Rehabilitation referrals.– See IRS Form 5884, Form 3800, and Form 8850
What companies have used NVI workers or services?
We are so grateful for our previous and current community partners including Duracell, Interface, Kimble’s, Milliken, Synovus, Troup County Parks & Recreation, City of LaGrange, Troup County Government, Troup County School System, T Mobile, Wingate by Wyndham, Kaydon and Wheelabrator, just to name a few.
What kind of business services does NVI offer?
New Ventures currently offers business solutions for Production/Fulfillment, Janitorial Services, and Lawn Care Services. We have a 131,000 square ft. warehouse with endless manufacturing capabilities and we are always open to new opportunities! For more detailed information, please visit our Business Services page and give us a call to find out how we can save your company time and resources.
What Job Placement services does NVI offer?
First, clients must complete their required hours in the training program. When a client nears the end of their program, NVI vocational specialists work with our trainees to create or update a resume, fill out job applications, prepare for interviews, etc.
How long has New Ventures, Inc. been around?
We have proudly been serving our clients since 1971.