[Nfbnet-members-list] Lone Star Blast 2014 Announcement
dandrews at visi.com
Wed Sep 24 16:24:28 UTC 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Association of Blind Merchants
Phone: (866) 543-6808, extension 10
<file:///C:\Users\Worley\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary%20Internet%20Files\Content.Outlook\ZYKODS0Q\email@example.com>cherylgross at blindmerchants.org
National Association of Blind Merchants
Announces Lone Star BLAST 2014
Colorado Springs, Colorado (September 24, 2014):
National Association of Blind Merchants (NABM)
announced today, that the President of the
National Federation of the Blind (NFB), Mark
Riccobono, will provide the opening address at
Business, Leadership and Superior Training
(BLAST). NFB President Riccobono will bring his
insight, humor, and inspiration to conference
attendees at the leadership breakfast Wednesday
morning, Nov. 19. NABM, a division of the NFB,
encourages you to place your hotel reservations
and register now for the powerful BLAST training
conference in November 2014. Lone Star BLAST 2014
will be held at the Austin Renaissance Hotel from November 1820.
This years BLAST has expanded its scope. There
is great excitement building around the BEST
mentoring program for blind clients of vocational
rehabilitation, who may be considering or
embarking, on a career of entrepreneurship,
either within Randolph-Sheppard, or other forms
of self-employment. Many state agencies are
providing stipends for clients to attend the
Blind Entrepreneurs Succeed Today track at BLAST.
Interested consumers and rehab counselors should
get in touch with our office for details.
Nicky Gacos, president of the National
Association of Blind Merchants, said: In
coordination with Business Enterprises of Texas
and the elected committee, we are planning the
biggest, boldest, most far-reaching training for
blind entrepreneurs and state agency personnel.
It will be a BLAST as big as Texas.
NABM and National Federation of the Blind
Entrepreneur Initiative will jointly stage the
conference. The group has already begun planning
the biggest trade show in its history, working in
conjunction with the RSA Buying Group and the
Committee of Blind Operators of Texas. NABM is
also pleased to announce that in coordination
with the National Counsel for State Agencies for
the Blind, BLAST will, again this year, feature a
day-long training event exclusively for State
Licensing Agency staff. The association is also
working with NCSAB to offer continuing education
for attorneys working with state VR agencies and
Business Enterprise programs. Those sessions will
take place on Tuesday, November 18.
BLAST seminars will begin the morning of Tuesday,
November 18, with business development training
on the morning of Wednesday, November 19. The
trade show will take place Wednesday afternoon.
There will be a full day of targeted education
related to personal and professional growth on
Thursday, November 20. Thursday evening, BLAST
will conclude with an all-star Lone Star BLAST
banquet and celebration featuring guest
speaker/performer, blind American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre.
Room reservations at the luxurious Austin
Renaissance are available now at the unbelievable
rate of $129.00 per night, plus applicable taxes.
There are a limited number of executive suites
available on a first come first serve basis, at
$149.00 per night. Rooms are available from
Sunday, November 16 through Saturday, November
22, 2014. Reservations should be made online at
or by phone at (800) 468-3571. Explain to the
agent that you are registering for Lone Star
BLAST under the National Association of Blind
Merchants group. You must mention Lone Star BLAST
to get the discounted rate. The Austin
Renaissance is located at 9721 Arboretum Blvd. Austin, TX 78759
This year, BLAST registration will be $200.00.
Remember that the BLAST registration fee covers
BLAST activities excluding out of hotel tours or
events that may be offered. Your registration fee
covers training, training materials, welcoming
reception, leadership breakfast, trade show and
trade show reception, evening banquet, as well as
a, lunch and learn featuring an address from
Dr. Marc Maurer, immediate past President
National Federation of the Blind on Thursday Nov.
20. Register now at
For questions or assistance with hotel
reservations or Lone Star BLAST registrations, please call 866-543-6808.
Austin is the home of the most diverse and lively
music scene in the world. NABM invites you to
come for the high-caliber training, networking,
and Texas hospitality. In an e-mail to
constituents, President Gacos said: If you plan
to attend any national training conference in
2014, make it the Lone Star BLAST!
Think training! Think opportunity! Think Austin, Texas!
David Andrews and long white cane Harry.
E-Mail: dandrews at visi.com or david.andrews at nfbnet.org
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the NFBNet-Members-List