IFB Solutions, formerly Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, was recently honored with a 2016 Employment Growth Award for its efforts to increase employment retention, growth, and upward mobility for people who are blind. Presented by National Industries for the Blind (NIB), this award recognizes IFB’s commitment to increasing employment and economic opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.

IFB Solutions has received this national award the past 12 years, and is the largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in the country. The nonprofit organization will host the Chamber’s Business Before Hours event on Friday, April 7, 2017 and invites all members and non-members to attend. The event will be held at the IFB Optical Retail Center which is open to the public and sells a variety of eyeglasses, sunglasses and low-vision aids. The IFB Mattress Retail Store, also available to the public, will be open during the event as well.

IFB Solutions is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1936 that provides employment, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. It operates manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem, N.C., Asheville, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark., in addition to more than 40 office supply stores and optical centers across the country.  IFB Solutions funds employee training and services as well as community programs through its IFB Solutions Foundation, making possible the Community Low Vision Centers across North Carolina and in Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as Tracy’s Little Red Schoolhouse based in Winston-Salem.

For more information, visit www.ifbsolutions.org.