Development of a New Preferred Source Service Offering

Case Synopsis -

NYSID recently commissioned the Rockefeller Institute of Government, a public policy think tank that conducts cutting-edge, nonpartisan research and policy analysis, to measure the fiscal and social value NYSID created for New York State and its taxpayers through the facilitation of the Preferred Source Program. One of the key findings in the report was the risk automation could pose for NYSID contracts over the course of the next two decades; an estimated 75% of NYSID’s workforce faces elimination due to automation. In light of this, the proposed scope for this project would be for students to assess the skill sets of the population that we serve, and help develop a proposal for what could be our next preferred source offering.


NYSID is not a traditional non-for-profit, in that we do not receive Federal or State funding, nor do we conduct any fundraising as an organization; rather NYSID is a facilitating agency for New York State's Preferred Source Program. Before being able to begin researching potential new service offerings, it is important to understand New York State's Preferred Source Program and the regulatory environment in which NYSID operates.

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Relevant Topics

Corporate Social Responsibility

Growth Strategy

Sales & Business Development

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify potential new Preferred Source Offerings, increasing the number of employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
  • Students will gain a greater understanding of the positive impact that integration of the people we serve can have on an organization.

Company Overview

NameNew York Industries for the Disabled
TaglineAdvancing employment and other opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
HQNew York
# Employees50-100
Hiring Potential
  • Follow-on Projects
  • Formal Internship
Growth StageMedium Business
Funding StatusUnfunded
Funding SizeUnfunded
DescriptionEstablished in 1975, NYSID is a non-for-profit membership organization that is a facilitating agency for New York State’s Preferred Source Program. The Preferred Source Program was established by Article XI, Section 162 of the New York State Finance Law in order to advance special social and economic goals related to the employment of New Yorkers with disabilities. Under this law, when certain products or service offerings meet the purchasing needs of a state or local government agency, public benefit corporation and some public authorities, those purchases must be made through the Preferred Source Program.

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