Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs

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


Convention 2014

ACB-IVIE 2014 Convention Date and Location: July 14-17, 2014 in Las Vegas, Neveda

Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs
Convention Announcement
By Carla Hayes, President

Whether you are thinking about starting your own business or you are a seasoned business owner, the Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs (IVIE) has an exciting program lineup for you at this year's ACB National Conference and Convention in Las Vegas! Read on for details.

We start our week on Sunday Evening, July 13 after the General Session by joining the Randolph Shepherd Vendors of America (RSVA) for a mixer. Come and relax, mingle and make new friends. On Monday, July 14 from 7:00 to 8:15, AM, we will have our annual IVIE Breakfast and Business Meeting. Bring a big appetite, lots of energy and your creative ideas for IVIE! Our annual luncheon and program will be held on Wednesday, July 16 from 12:15 to 2:30 PM. This year's program theme will be: "Entrepreneurship For Newbies And Experts." We will begin our program by presenting information which will help you to decide whether entrepreneurship is for you. After all, not everyone is cut out to be a business owner. From there, our presentation will advance to taking your business to the next level. There will be plenty of tips and tricks from those who know and there will be lots to learn whether you are a would-be entrepreneur or an experienced business owner.

Program schedule:

“Entrepreneurship For Newbies And Experts”
12:55 PM: Welcome and Introductory Remarks; Carla Hayes, IVIE President
1:00 PM: “Entrepreneurship: Is It For You?” Ardis Bazyn, CEO, Bazyn Communications, Burbank, CA;
Hi Suk Chae-Bean, Rehabilitation Counselor II, Las Vegas, NV
1:30 PM: “Taking Your Business To The Next Level,” Carla Hayes, CEO, Lengua-Learn Communications, McMurray, PA.
1:50 PM: “Tips And Tricks From Those Who Know: An Open Dialog” Business owners will share strategies which make their businesses a success.

We conclude our week's activities on Thursday, July 17 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM with the IVIE Business Expo. Here, blind and visually impaired business owners will showcase their products and services and answer your questions. Since ACB exhibits will be closed on Thursday, we hope more people will come to our business expo this year. Of course, 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. By the way, IVIE's calendar year runs from July 1st to June 30; so, this would be an excellent time to pay your dues. You can reserve your expo booth and/or pay your annual dues online by visiting IVIE's secure website www.ivie-acb.org. Alternatively, you can make a check payable to "IVIE," and send it to 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.

In conclusion, if you save time for IVIE activities during your busy convention week this year, it's a sure bet that you will benefit from it. If you have any questions about IVIE or our program offerings at this year's convention, visit the IVIE web site, ivie-acb.org, or call me at (724) 941-8184. Hope to see you in Vegas!