Public CommentsSolicitation Number: FY15WellnessAmenityProgram
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). NABM is the largest membership organization in the country representing the interests of Randolph-Sheppard blind vendors. The NFBEI is a special initiative of the NFB that advocates on behalf of blind entrepreneurs and provides training and technical assistance to state licensing agencies.
Nicky Gacos Elected 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 (NAMA). NAMA is the trade organization that represents the interests of the nation’s vending industry.
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. The program is based in part on the model utilized by the Tennessee Business Enterprises Program, which currently operates 38 inmate commissaries in county jails providing entrepreneurial opportunities for over 20 blind persons, employing over 100 individuals.
The OneShow will feature NAMA’s first-ever, full-day micro market seminar. Attendees will get a summary of where the industry is within this exciting new market channel. Then, the seminar will cover a wide variety of topics on differences between micro markets and vending as well as the associated operating challenges and opportunities.
New data will be offered on micro market installations and their operation, along with examples of best practices from operators with existing micro market placements.