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THE BLIND ENTREPRENEURS INITIATIVE
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, recently launched its Blind Entrepreneurs Initiative (BEI). It has contracted with Terry C. Smith to spearhead this initiative. The NFB, a staunch advocate for blind Americans, believes in the abilities of blind persons to successfully own their own businesses. Through the BEI, the NFB has committed resources and intends to play a more prominent role protecting the Randolph Sheppard Program and creating new opportunities that are not limited to Randolph Sheppard. Learn more>>
With over 35 years of experience, Terry C. Smith is recognized nationally for his many contributions to the blindness field. The former Director of Tennessee Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired is best known for his expertise in the Randolph Sheppard Program which creates entrepreneurial opportunities for qualified blind persons across the country. These Business Enterprises Programs (BEP), administered by state vocational rehabilitation agencies for the blind, allow approximately 2500 blind persons to own their own businesses and manage food service establishments in various government buildings.
For several years, Terry has played a leadership role on the national level. After helping build arguably the best BEP in the country, Terry chaired the Randolph Sheppard Committee of the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind for 10 years and served as the Facilitator for the Blind Entrepreneurs Alliance (BEA) for 4 years. The BEA was a loosely formed coalition of organizations of and for the blind that had as its mission to protect all Randolph Sheppard opportunities nationwide and to create new opportunities.
Terry works with public and private entities helping them maintain, enhance and create entrepreneurial opportunities for blind business owners.
Kevan Worley (left) and Nicky Gacos (right) present Terry with the National Association of Blind Merchants Lifetime Achievement Award.