Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs

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


Convention Announcement 2019

by Carla Hayes

It's hard to believe that it is already time to start making your plans for the ACB National Conference and Convention! Hopefully, your plans will include IVIE because we have lots to offer in Rochester.

We begin Convention Week on Saturday, July 6 with IVIE Day in the ACB Marketplace from 4:30 PM through 7:00 PM immediately before the opening night of the General Session. For the first time, IVIE will have its own day in ACB Marketplace and we of IVIE cordially thank ACB for allowing us to do this. Come and meet entrepreneurs who are blind or visually impaired and learn about their products and services! IVIE Day in ACB Marketplace will be handled in the same way as the IVIE Expo. If you would like to have a Marketplace booth, you must reserve it in advance through IVIE. The cost will be $10 for IVIE members and $25 for non-members with the option of joining IVIE and applying $15 of this cost towards annual IVIE dues. More on this later.

Immediately after General Session on Saturday night, IVIE will join RSVA for their ANUAL Mixer. This will give you an opportunity to relax and mingle with old friends and new.

On Sunday, July 7 from 2:45 to 4:00 PM, IVIE, RSVA and BPI will collaborate with the Rehabilitation Task Force for a panel discussion on self employment. CEU's will be offered for this program. (See your convention preregistration form for more information about this informative workshop).

On Tuesday, July 9 from 12:15 to 2:30 PM, our Annual IVIE Luncheon, Program and Business meeting will take place. The title of this year's program will be "Making Tax Information Less Taxing For Business Owners." A representative from H and R Block will speak to us about recent changes to the tax code which effect entrepreneurs and other important tax information that business owners need to know. Our business meeting will immediately follow this program.

After the business meeting, the IVIE Business Expo will take place from 2:45 to 5:30 PM. As in ACB Marketplace, 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 joining IVIE and applying $15 of this cost towards annual IVIE dues. If you decide to have a booth at both IVIE Day in ACB Marketplace and the IVIE Expo, the cost would be $35 for IVIE members and $50 for non-members with the option of applying $15 of this cost towards IVIE dues.

Since IVIE's calendar year runs from July 1st to June 30, this would be an excellent time to pay your dues. Annual IVIE Dues are $15. You can reserve your IVIE Day at ACB Marketplace booth, your IVIE Business expo booth, and/or pay your annual dues online by visiting IVIE's secure web site ivie-acb.org. If you are not comfortable with paying online, 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, IVIE Day at ACB Marketplace, an expo booth or any combination of these. 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.

As you can see, IVIE has a plethora of exciting activities planned for you in Rochester. Please make IVIE a part of your convention plans. If you have any questions about IVIE's convention activities, please call me, Carla Hayes, at (724) 941-8184 or visit the IVIE web site ivie-acb.org.