A Message from the President

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. Read More>>

NABM DAY on The Hill

On May 22, 2018, over 100 blind entrepreneurs got off of buses on Independence Avenue in front of the Rayburn House Office Building and following a Congressional Breakfast spread out over Capitol Hill to educate their members of Congress about the Randolph-Sheppard Program. Read More>>

Important: Contact your Congressmen!

Dear Randolph-Sheppard Stakeholder:

As we have told you over the last few weeks, momentum is growing for commercialization of our interstate rest areas. A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives. The President’s proposed budget for  2018 communicated support for the idea...  Read More->>

Critical Issues Conference Huge Success

Over 100 blind entrepreneurs from 31 states and the District of Columbia converged on our nation’s capitol in May for NABM’s 2018 Critical Issues Conference and Day on the Hill.  Read More>>

NABM / NFBEI Annual Report, 2017

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As the President of the National Association of Blind Merchants, a division of the National Federation of the Blind, I am so proud of what we were able to accomplish in 2017….Read more>>

Become a Blind Merchants Member

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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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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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 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>>

NAMA President Gacos Named to NAMA Board


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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NABM & Vendengine Partner

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 Honors Former Congresswoman Barbara Kennelly

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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​Are you a Randolph-Sheppard entrepreneur drawing SSDI benefits?  Are you confused by the special rules related to un-incurred business expenses?  Has Social Security threatened to terminate benefits due to your earnings?  The National Association of Blind Merchants, a Division of the National Federation of the Blind, has launched a new program designed especially for you.  Read More>>