A Message from Our President

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It is an honor for me to be President of the National Association of Blind Merchants.  In my journey as a Randolph-Sheppard entrepreneur, I have seen many changes, some good and some not so good.

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The National Association of Blind Merchants serves as an advocacy and support group for blind persons employed in self-employment work. We provide information regarding rehabilitation, social security, tax and other issues.

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NFB/NABM Meet with OMB Over Concerns About Potential DOD Rules

Dear Ms. Williams:

The National Association of Blind Merchants appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed rule regarding troop dining facilities and preferences granted under the Randolph-Sheppard Act. NABM, a division of the National Federation of the Blind, is a nationwide membership association of blind vendors and state licensing agencies operating state and federal cafeterias and other vending facilities. Read More:

The NABM Hadley Partnership

Hadley PartnershipNational Association of Blind Merchants and National Federation of the Blind’s Entrepreneurs Initiative will award a Randolph-Sheppard vendor Entrepreneur of Excellence Certificate upon completion of a two-part series of online Hadley courses. Read more:

So You Want To Be A Randolph-Sheppard Vendor?

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Are you legally blind?  Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want to own your own business?  Do you have an interest in retail and food service in particular?
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NAMA President Gacos Named to NAMA Board

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Congratulations to Nicky Gacos, President of the National Association of Blind Merchants, who was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Automatic Merchandising Association.

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NFB/NABM Challenge DOD Proposed Regulations

The Department of Defense recently submitted to OMB proposed regulations that would implement many key provisions of the 2006 Joint Policy Statement. If approved, the regulations would be very damaging to Randolph-Sheppard and would result in fewer troop dining opportunities for blind entrepreneurs. On March 14, the NFB and NFBEI met with OMB to express concern about the proposed regulations and argue that the regs ciliate the Randolph-Sheppard Act.
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So You Want to Do Business with a Blind Vendor

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Most places of employment have some sort of food service on-site for their employees. It may be as simple as a few vending machines or as complex as a full-scale cafeteria. Regardless of what type of service you want to offer your employees, why not consider having a blind entrepreneur provide them for you? Read More:

NABM & Vendengine Partner

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NABM and VENDENGINE partner to create opportunities for blind entrepreneurs.

The National Association of Blind Merchants (NABM) and VendEngine, an inmate commissary software solutions and payment processing company, have joined forces to try to create opportunities for blind entrepreneurs to manage and operate inmate commissaries in county jails and state prisons. Read more:

NABM Comments on GSA Healthy Guidelines

Public Comments Solicitation Number:  FY15Wellness Amenity Program These comments are being submitted jointly by the National Association of Blind Merchants (NABM) and the National Federation of the Blind’s Entrepreneurs Initiative (NFBEI). Read More:

NABM Honors Former Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly

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NABM President Nicky Gacos (Left) and NFBEI Director Terry Smith ((Right) are pictured with former Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly at the 2016 BLAST.
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