Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs

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


Convention 2013

ACB-IVIE 2013 Convention Date and Location: July 6-10, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio

Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs
Convention Announcement
By Carla Hayes, President

The Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs (IVIE) has an exciting convention program planned for 2013! Read on for further details.

The theme for our convention is "Building Confidence and Competence." This year, we are collaborating with three other ACB affiliates to provide attendees unique opportunities for fellowship, education and inspiration. We kick things off Saturday evening, July 6th when we have a combined mixer with RSVA. Meet and greet old and new friends and have a good time!

Since all activities for this year are running a day earlier during Convention week, our annual IVIE Breakfast and Business meeting will take place Sunday, July 7th from 7:00 to 8:15 AM. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and help make important decisions for IVIE.

Tuesday, July 9th will be a very busy day for IVIE! First, we have invited BPI to join us for our luncheon and combined program which will begin at 12:15 PM. After a delicious lunch, we will start building our competence as we address two timely topics for business owners.

Our first presentation, "Taking the Ice out Of Cold Calling," will teach you valuable strategies for approaching new customers and clients. This will be followed by, "Gaining A Strategic Edge With Social Media,” a presentation on social networking for business owners. At 2:45 PM, we will learn some strategies for building confidence and improving our public speaking skills when we join CCLVI for a Toastmasters presentation.

Finally, our annual IVIE Business Expo will take place on Wednesday, July 10th from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. Blind and visually impaired business owners will showcase their products and services and answer questions.

Would you like to have a booth at the IVIE Business Expo? The cost is $10.00 for IVIE members and $25.00 for non-members with the option of $15.00 going toward IVIE dues. Of course, browsing the expo is free.

You can register for a booth at the expo or pay your annual dues through the IVIE web site, www.ivie-acb.org. There, you will find the IVIE membership form and other information about our affiliate. Alternatively, you can register for a booth and/or pay your annual IVIE dues by mail by sending your name, address, phone number, Email address, the name of your business (if you have one), your preferred format for receiving "The ACB Braille Forum," and your check to our treasurer:

Sila Miller
2201 Limerick Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32309.

Please make your check payable to IVIE and designate whether it is payment for IVIE annual dues, an Expo booth, or for both dues and a booth.

Our calendar year begins on July 1st. This means that it is almost time to pay your annual dues. If you pay your dues now, you will be an IVIE member through July 1, 2014.

As you can see, we have an exciting convention planned for you this year! I hope you will join us in Columbus! For more information, please visit our web site: www.ivie-acb.org. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at (724) 941-8184.