Local legally blind business owner gains national recognition through business competition

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AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — Karen Richardson-Moore runs her Innovative Back Office Solutions business out of her home. Her day to day work involves paper work and computer screens but she can’t read typical font. Through a program called ZoomText Karen is able to make words bigger.

“Everything that I see everything that I have to read has to be magnified. So in the regular world the regular font for reading a document or a letter or a bill is point 12, I have to see a point 18,” said Karen Richardson-Moore, Innovative Back Office Solutions Owner.

Through technology software, Karen is able to make documents larger and even change the colors to make it easier for her to see.

“With those services with the technology that I have available to me I am able to really continue and to grow and to be a part of society,” said Richardson-Moore.

Karen lost part of her vision in 2008, when she became legally blind.

“One day I was working and the next day I wasn’t. I went home after the doctors appointment and I was like what am I going to do now,” said Richardson-Moore.

For the past year she’s been offering entrepreneurs and small business owners services like accounting, bookkeeping, and marketing out of her home. Karen’s business plan was submitted to the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired 2016 New Venture Business Competition, and she’s now a top 3 finalist.

“Our business is a unique business because we offer all of these services that a business person or a new startup needs under one umbrella,” said Richardson-Moore.

Karen will be flying to Chicago Tuesday for the final panel review. The competition award includes a monetary prize as well as mentoring and advisory services for the winning business. Karen she’d like to use the prize for a new office space.

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