Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs

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


Convention Announcement 2017

by Carla Hayes

The 4th of July is the day that we Americans annually set aside to celebrate the independence of our great nation.  A very fitting way to celebrate Independence Day would be to spend part of your  day with the Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs because IVIE has some exciting activities planned for the 4th of July at this year's convention!

IVIE's Annual Luncheon, Program And business Meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 4th from 12:15 to 2:30 PM.  After enjoying a sumptuous meal and some time for fellowship, we will have a presentation titled, "Let's Change The Numbers," by Gabe Vega, the CEO of Commtech USA, a company that provides remote technology consulting, training and support services to consumers with a specialty in assistive technology for people who are disabled.  Using the latest in video, VOIP and telephone technologies, Commtech USA is able to provide these services to those who may use the services based on need or convenience from the comfort of their homes.  Commtech USA is excited to share with us some recent developments including expanding operations to employ people who are disabled and an interest in searching out strategic partners in the local Tucson area.  Immediately following this presentation will be the IVIE Annual Business Meeting including the election of the officers who will serve IVIE for the next two years and an opportunity to make important decisions for our organization.

The IVIE Business Expo will take place after the business meeting from 2:45 to 5:30 PM.  Here, blind and visually impaired business owners will showcase their products and services and answer your questions.  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.  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  ivie-acb.org.   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 also learn more about IVIE by browsing our web site.

In addition to our Independence Day activities, don't forget about the Annual RSVA/IVIE Mixer! This year, it will take place Saturday evening July 1st immediately following the opening ACB General session.  Attending this mixer would be an excellent way to wind down after a long evening in the convention hall, have refreshments and fellowship with friends, and get Convention Week off to a great start!

We hope that you will attend some or all of IVIE's activities at this year's convention.  As usual, a lot of hard work and planning has gone into our program, and we promise that you will not be disappointed.  If you have any questions about the IVIE Expo or this year's program offerings at the ACB National Conference and Convention in Sparks, Nevada, you may contact Carla Hayes at (724) 941-8184 or by Email at lengual@verizon.net.