Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs

An Affiliate of the American Council of the Blind
Together for a Bright Future


Convention 2010

Date: July 9-17, 2010
Place: Phoenix, Arizona

The American Council of the Blind Conference and convention dates are July 9-17.  The Independent Visually Impaired Enterprisers convention will begin on Monday, July 12 with our annual “Business Networking” breakfast at 7 a.m. and conclude with our luncheon on Wednesday, July 14 held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Come early and stay late so you can take in all the great tours, workshops and other events that make convention week special.

Tours are not all set as of this date, but some incredible and unique venues are being considered. Imagine the thrill of visiting the home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright! When asked what could be touch, the guide said, "You can touch everything; that's why we aren't a museum." Other great possibilities will have you stuffing your own bear at America's only plush animal factory, learning how brass bells are cast, practicing your blackjack skills at a casino, riding in a Venetian gondola, visiting a candy factory, and stepping back 250 years in firefighting history.  The popular city tour will be back, and day-long trips to the Grand Canyon, Sonora and much more are being explored.

The hotel for ACB and IVIE from July 9-17 is the Phoenix Downtown Sheraton.  Room rates are $89 plus tax.  Make reservations by calling 1-800-325-3535. Be sure to say you are with the American Council of the Blind. There are many restaurants in the area around the hotel.


IVIE Schedule

Monday, July 12, 2010:  “Business Networking” and business meeting from 7-8:30 a.m. We meet one another and learn about other’s businesses. Then we conduct our annual business.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010: From 4-7 p.m.,   the IVIE Business Expo is held. Blind and visually impaired business owners will showcase their products and services and answer your questions. (No Charge for those attending, only $10 for IVIE members to have a booth or $25 for nonmembers.)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010: The IVIE Luncheon and Program will be held from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Earlene Hughes, the ACB webmaster, will speak on “How to set up shopping carts” and the Phoenix Attorney General's Office  Crime, Fraud and Victim Resource Center will  speak on "Scams, Shams, Spams And Deceptive Business Practices."

We hope to see you this summer.