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2014 Lone Star BLAST Agenda! (graphic)


2014 Lone Star BLAST text only Agenda!


Cheryl Gross
Merchant Relations
National Association of Blind Merchants
Phone: (866) 543-6808, extension 14

Facts to Help You Have a Lone Star BLAST

Colorado Springs, Colorado (November 10, 2014): Lone Star BLAST is only a week away. Check out the program agenda at http://blindmerchants.org. There are very, very few rooms to be had for this high-power, star-studded Lone Star BLAST in the live music capital of the world, Austin, TX. For help with last-minute reservations, or to pre-register, call 866-543-6808.

As you know, this year we have added an awards banquet starring Scott MacIntyre. At this banquet, we will be honoring our two very first National Association of Blind Merchants Entrepreneurs of Excellence, certified by the Forsythe Center of Entrepreneurship at Hadley School for the BlindaH. The attire for this gala event is business casual. You will want to stay for this Thursday, November 20 event. There will be other surprises.

This year, we are selling additional banquet tickets for those who have not registered for the entire BLAST event. We’ve had interest from spouses, and others, so a limited number of banquet tickets at $50 each will be available while they last at the registration desk. The registration desk will be open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, November 17 at Plaza Booth, lower level. The registration desk will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday the 18th, and from 7:00 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, November 19th. At the registration desk, BLAST attendees will be given a name badge. This name badge must be worn at all BLAST activities. You will not need meal tickets. Your name badge will serve as proof that you have paid your registration and are entitled to all of the events covered by the registration fee. Those guests who are not registered and want to purchase banquet tickets will need to have their ticket with them at the banquet.

We have also added a special luncheon event, which is not included in the BLAST registration fee. At the registration table, you can also purchase your “Enjoy Downtown Austin” excursion bus ticket.


Tuesday, 12:00 p.m.
To Your Health: A Special Luncheon $40
Sponsored by the National Association of Blind Merchants and Corporate Partner
     Wedgewood Ballroom
 Joel Kimmons, PhD, Center for Disease Control
Jessica Beecham, M.S., Therapeutic Recreation Specialist,
Consultant, National Federation of the Blind of Colorado
The Affordable Care Act, health and wellness initiatives, GSA guidelines, and a genuine need for each of us to consider our own personal health and wellness will be the focus of this special event. Emphasis will be on dietary health, exercise, and how they relate to performance, feeling good, and quality of life. 


Wednesday, 5:45 p.m.
 Enjoy Downtown Austin $15
 Buses load for the ultimate Austin experience. We provide the transportation, you create the experience. The 7 blocks of 6th Street between Congress and IH 35 is the heart of Austin’s live entertainment scene. Sixth Street is lined with historic buildings, numerous bars, a host of live entertainment venues, live music of every genre, and great food featuring everything from chili and Tex-Mex, to Cajun and deli food. For a $15 roundtrip ticket, you will enjoy transportation leaving from the Austin Renaissance at 6:00 p.m., and every half hour until 10:00 p.m. Return trips begin at 8:00 p.m. and run approximately every half hour until 12:30 a.m. from 6th and Brazos, near the Driskill Hotel.


Special note: Remember single banquet tickets, To Your Health Luncheon tickets, and the Downtown Austin Experience tickets are not included in your BLAST registration fee and will be sold at the registration desk on a first come, first-served basis beginning Monday, November 17 at 4:00 p.m. If you have registered for BLAST, the Thursday evening banquet is included, and we urge you to stay for the festivities.

Some may choose to use Super Shuttle to and from the airport for a $45 roundtrip ticket. Upon arrival, follow signs to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the 24-hour SuperShuttle ticket counter located just past baggage carousel #1. Customers must check in with a uniformed Customer Service Representative or self-service ticketing kiosk at the ticket counter to receive a boarding pass and be escorted to the correct shuttle. Advanced reservations and pre-payment for Super Shuttle transportation can be booked at AUS airport, or by phone at 512-929-3900 x 2, or via web at http://www.supershuttle.com/Locations/AUSAirportShuttleAustin.aspx. Taxi from airport to hotel runs approximately $40 one way.

Note: training for state agency staff and attorney general representatives will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, November 18. A spectacular variety of upward mobility training options for blind entrepreneurs begins at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 18th. You will not want to miss the Leadership Breakfast, Wednesday morning, November 19th at 7:15 a.m. This year, we are very proud to feature a leadership address from Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind.

 See you in Austin!