The Southwest Missouri Inclusion Award recognizes and honors a business or organization in Southwest Missouri that demonstrates outstanding performance of inclusion in the areas of recruiting, hiring and retaining employees as they relate to people with disabilities and other minority groups.  The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partners strive to help individuals improve their skills and obtain and maintain employment.

For learn more about nominating a business or organization, click below.


Businesses and organizations that are nominated may be contacted by a member of the selection committee prior to award selection to clarify or obtain additional information.


The award will be presented during the Inclusion Forum, scheduled for Oct. 2 at the Joplin Public Library.  Go to for more information about the event.


If you have any questions about eligibility, nomination criteria or the nomination process, please contact Leslie Abram at or 417-206-1717  Ext. 2107 / MoRelay 711.

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  Alternate formats for non-English speaking individuals are available upon request.  The Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri and WIOA partners are Equal Opportunity Employers / Programs.