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By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer
Nov. 11, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Soon after customers arrive at Mozzeria for the first time, they notice something's different about the restaurant: Virtually every staffer is deaf.

Owners Russ and Melody Stein are also deaf, and have run their San Francisco restaurant since 2011. The business is thriving because customers love the food and the Steins have overcome obstacles deaf people can face when they become small business owners — particularly lingering stereotypes and prejudice, and fewer resources than hearing entrepreneurs have.

"We have the same skills as a hearing individual," Russ Stein says.

Running Mozzeria comes naturally to Melody Stein, whose family is in the restaurant business.

"It's something I've always wanted to do," she says.

Deaf people have the same ambition and ability to be entrepreneurs and business owners as those who hear, says Tom Baldridge, director of the business administration program at Gallaudet University, the largest educational institution serving the deaf and hard of hearing. There's a growing interest among Gallaudet students in entrepreneurship, matching the increase in business schools across the country. The university is expanding its entrepreneurship offerings beyond courses, and giving students experience in running businesses like campus coffee shops.

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Next Wednesday, Gallaudet is hosting a free small business clinic! Volunteer attorneys from the DC Bar Pro Bono Program will meet with folks from the campus and the surrounding community to provide basic legal business services, including question-and-answer sessions, and paperwork review.

Do you own a business or are thinking about starting one? Do you need legal advice but never had the opportunity to sit down with a lawyer? If so, the Free Small Business Legal Clinic is the perfect opportunity for you. Volunteer attorneys from the DC Bar Pro Bono Program are coming to Gallaudet to meet with you and provide basic legal business services, including question-and-answer sessions, and paperwork review. They will answer a wide range of business questions, including but not limited to: business formation, employment law, taxation, intellectual property, and real estate leases.

Date: April 1
Time: 5-7:30 pm
Location: JSAC Multipurpose Room

Please note:

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 5th Annual Global Deaf Women's Power of Me Retreat:

Be Visible, Expand Your Business, and Prosper As An Entrepreneur! This year, the hottest topics in the Deaf community among entrepreneurs is about visibility and accountability!

If you're wondering how to make your business stand out from the rest, or how to expand your business and prosper with sales, marketing, and much more, you'll find answers at our POM 2014 Retreat in beautiful Chevy Chase, Maryland, on May 2-4, 2014! Are you ready to take on the POM experience?

Come learn how to expand or launch your business with powerful coaching tips from Sofia Seitchik, the founder of Global Deaf Women, and other leading Deaf entrepreneurs! Here's what you will experience at Power of Me 2014:

* Five Exciting Workshops
* An Amazing Business Panel Led By Missy Keast, DeafNation blogger and owner of ASL Inside about how Deaf entrepreneurs should be treated that is open To ALL Deaf Entrepreneurs!
* Business Break-Through Activities
* Dessert Evening Party
* Business Networking
* Morning Yoga
* Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
* Two Nights of Lodging

Get your registration ticket right now at these exclusive prices!
Registration is limited to 50 women only.

Any questions, please email Sofia Seitchik at

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