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Need new hires? Tap into the motivated, loyal pool of disabled workers.

This story appears in the March 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Antonio DeRosa's first thought when considering whether to hire a disabled employee was, "What's in it for me?" That was 15 years ago, and since hiring his first disabled worker, DeRosa's On A Roll sandwich shop in Media, , has employed a steady stream of people from a nearby center for youth with special needs. DeRosa, whose 2007 sales were about $1 million, says the disabled workers have proven to be reliable, motivated and inspiring to everyone around them. "It makes my so much better," he says.

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