reminder IVIE Program



by Carla Hayes


On behalf of the Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs (IVIE), I encourage you to meet me in Saint Louis because IVIE has some exciting activities planned for Convention Week!


We kick things off on Saturday evening, June 30th with the Annual RSVA/IVIE Mixer.  This will take place immediately after the ACB Opening General Session.  Join old friends and make new friends from the Randolph Shepherd Vendors of America and IVIE as we share light refreshments, conversation and relaxation.


The remaining IVIE activities for Convention Week will take place on Tuesday, July 3rd from 12:15 to 5:45 PM.  We begin at 12:15 with our annual luncheon, program and business meeting.  The title of this year's program will be, "From Employee to Entrepreneur." In this presentation, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of moving from a job to having your own business.  Our program presenter will be Mitch Pomerantz, Independent ADA Consultans/Trainer and a former president of ACB from Pasadina, California.  Our business meeting will follow Mitch's presentation.


The IVIE Business Expo will take place from 2:45 to 5:30 PM.  This is where blind and visually impaired business owners will showcase their products and services and answer your questions.  The IVIE Expo will also give you the opportunity to start your holiday shopping early because you will doubtless find some unique gifts there.  As always, browsing is free and no ticket will be necessary to be admitted.  However, if you would like to have a booth at the IVIE Business Expo, you must reserve it in advance.  The cost will be $10 for IVIE members and $25 for non-members with the option of applying $15 of this cost towards annual IVIE Dues.  Since IVIE's calendar year runs from July 1st to June 30, this would be an ideal time to pay your dues.  Annual dues for IVIE are only $15.  You can reserve your expo booth and/or pay your annual dues online by visiting IVIE's secure web site   Alternatively, you can make a check payable to "IVIE," and send it to our president, Ardis Bazyn, 2121 Scott Road, No.  105, Burbank CA 91504.  Please designate whether your check is for annual dues, an expo booth or both.  If you are submitting your dues, be sure to fill out and include the IVIE membership form which can be found on our web site.  You can learn more about IVIE by browsing our web site.  If you have any questions about the IVIE Expo or this year's program offerings at the ACB National Conference and Convention, you may contact Carla Hayes at (724) 941-8184 or by Email at  lengual@....


So, will you meet me in St.  Louis? I can't promise you a fancy movie set or autographs from famous actors, but if you make time for IVIE at this year's ACB Conference and Convention in St.  Louis, you will be glad that you did!