Practical Software Solutions recognized for Industries of the Blind sponsorship

The Concord-based company has provided software and technical support for IOB since 2009.

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 26, 2016) — Practical Software Solutions announced today the sponsorship of its long-time customer, Industries of the Blind in Greensboro.

The Concord-based company was recognized for its donation to IOB's general fund at its Made in IOB event Thursday, Oct. 20. Eight other sponsors were recognized during the event, which took place at IOB's manufacturing facility on West Gate City Boulevard.

The contributions to IOB's general fund will support its mission of enhancing opportunities for people with visual impairments to achieve greater vocational, personal and economic independence.

The gift from Practical Software Solutions is extremely helpful as it will help support IOB's three funding priorities: Assistive technology and adaptive aids, computer training and technology center, and job readiness training and professional development, said Jodie Gisser, the director of development at IOB.

Practical Software Solutions and IOB began their partnership in 2009, when Industries of the Blind chose Sage 500 ERP (then known as Sage ERP MAS 500) for its business management solution.

From the moment we began working with Industries of the Blind, we have appreciated our role in helping their staff achieve greater independence in their jobs, said Vince Stamey, CEO of Practical Software Solutions. We are happy our donation will help further IOB's mission to provide greater independence in all areas of their employees’ lives.

Sage 500 meets all requirements IOB needs for its manufacturing and distribution operation and is compatible with accessible software such as JAWS (screen reading software) and Vocollect (verbal data entry program).

Practical Software Solutions' products and services are so adaptable, they help to fulfill our vision of eliminating all barriers for people who are blind or visually impaired, said David LoPresti, president of Industries of the Blind.

About Industries of the Blind

Founded in 1933 as the first work program in North Carolina organized for the visually impaired, Industries of the Blind works to eliminate barriers and empower its visually impaired staff to achieve personal growth, professional advancement and greater independence. IOB currently employs more than 250 people who work in human resources, IT, manufacturing, distribution, warehousing and other critical positions.

About Practical Software Solutions

Established in 1993 in Concord, N.C., Practical Software Solutions offers industry expertise in accounting, manufacturing, distribution, service management and professional services. The company's primary product offering is from Sage, the leader in business management solutions.

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