IT’s OFFICIAL! The National Association of Blind Merchants’ BLAST (Business Leadership and Superior Training) Conference is coming to Downtown Chicago April 14-17. The host hotel is the beautiful Hyatt Regency at 151 East Wacker. And the good news is REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN>>.

This promises to be the biggest and best BLAST ever. “There is already a lot of buzz about our 2020 Conference,” said NABM President Nicky Gacos. “We have some exciting things we will be announcing in the coming weeks.” You don’t want to miss 2020’s premiere Randolph-Sheppard training event.

There are some exciting additions to this year’s program. First, NABM will be offering the first ever micromarket certification training exclusively for the Randolph-Sheppard community. The training will be on Friday morning so don’t leave early. NABM will issue certificates to everyone who completes the training. It is recommended for both blind entrepreneurs and SLA staff alike.

Also new this year is our exclusive half day training for Elected Committee members. You will want to come in on Monday to be there for Tuesday morning’s training. Learn from the experts and learn from each other.

Back by popular demand will be the SLA staff training all day Tuesday and the pre-conference breakout sessions on Tuesday afternoon. Some amazing keynote speakers are being lined up. And it won’t be all work. There will be some fun along the way too.

Register today by going to THE BLAST REGISTRATION PAGE, WHERE YOU REGISTER FOR BLAST, ADDITIONAL TRAINING AND EXTRA MEAL TICKETS>> . Also, you can book your room at the Hyatt ($149 per night) by using our dedicated link The hotel will honor our remarkable rate the weekends prior to and after the conference as long as rooms are available so come early or stay late and enjoy all that the Windy City has to offer. If you try to make a reservation and the rates are not showing $149 or show no availability, please email Melissa McCarthy at with your reservation details and she will take care of it for you. 
Catch a Cubs game. Visit the museums. Enjoy the parks. Take in the history. Eat at the world’s finest restaurants.

Make plans now. See you at the Downtown Chicago BLAST.

The National Association of Blind Merchants is a division of the National Federation of the Blind.  The National Federation of the Blind  knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.