[Nfbnet-members-list] BLAST Conference: Leadership Program
flores.richie at gmail.com
Tue Jun 24 19:09:08 UTC 2014
Please assist me by distributing to your
networks, list-servs, and contacts. The Blind
Merchant Division is very excited to launch this inovative new mentor program.
Blind Entrepenurship Starts Today
In the U.S. today, more than 70% of blind people
are either unemployed or underemployed. The
National Federation of the Blind Merchants
Division responds to this important issue by
emphasizing blind leaders in the business sector.
This leadership program empowers aspiring
protiges to develop the job and blindness skills
necessary to reach their full career potential in
self-employment. The Business Leadership and
Superior Training Conference for Entrepenurs
(BLAST), redefines blindness by demonstrating how
the blind can live the life they want!
About the BEST Leadership Program
The BEST Leadership Program addresses the many
factors that contribute to successful employment
within the blind community. This program combines
vocational mentorship and leadership skills, with
attendance to the largest and most influential
conference for blind business owners,
BLAST. This program creates an encouraging,
individualized experience for its participants.
Between November 2014 and the BLAST Conference of
2016, BEST Leadership Program protégés move through five phases:
1. Application: Interested individuals
apply online or over the phone.
2. Selection: Applicants participate in an
interview with Richie Flores, Program
Coordinator; those selected for the program sign a participation contract.
3. Mentorship Match: Program staff will
pair protiges with a successful blind business
owner, to encourage a long-standing relationship of guidance and support.
4. BLAST: Business Leadership and Superior
Training Conference for Entrepenurs Curriculum:
To prepare for self-employment success , protégés
fulfill 25 hours of training in essential
blindness and vocational leadership skills at the
Lonestar BLAST Conference-November18-20, 2014 in
Austin, Texas. Participants must arrange their
own transportation to and from the conference and
work with their vocational team to provide the
Program registration which includes four meals.
Program activity and room accommidations will be
provided by the BEST Leadership program for
future Entrepenurs. (visit
for up to date information regarding the BLAST Conference)
5. Ongoing Mentorship: Protégés who
complete their program obligations will learn of
the opportunity to attend the National Convention
of the National Federation of the Blind in the
coming year to reconnect with the Blind Merchants Division.
BEST Leadership Program Protégés
NFB is currently seeking 30 protégés to join this
program's first-ever cohort. Protégés will
benefit from vocational and leadership skills
training, and build meaningful career-specific
mentorships with the working blind. Candidates
must be over the age of eighteen , have
self-employment as a career goal, be deemed
legally blind by a physician or accredited
agency, and able to fulfill the training and
required attendance to the BLAST Conference this November 2014.
To apply, fill out the
and confirm your submission by contacting Richie
Flores, Project Coordinator
(<mailto:rflores at nfbtx.org>rflores at nfbtx.org). If
you would like assistance completing your online
application, call Richie at 512-784-1878.
Check out our video highlighting success in the self-employment sector!
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqKkg3yA19g>Blind Entrepenurs Succeed Today!
The BEST Leadership Program advocates equal
access to search and apply for jobs through NFB
Newsline; (888-882-1629. For more information
All the Best,
Vocational Enrichment Consultant
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