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Business Enterprise Program
What We Do
Georgia’s Business Enterprise
Program (BEP) provides work opportunities to persons who are blind and who
want to manage small businesses such as vending
machine routes, snack bars, cafes/grills, and full-service cafeterias. BEP
was established in 1944 under its authorizing legislation, the Randolph-Sheppard
Act, and opened its first vending facility in 1945. There are currently more
than 130 locations. Sales for FY05 exceeded $11.2 million and generated nearly $764,000 in sales tax revenue. Perhaps even more notable is that
the average salary for a licensed blind vendor in Georgia for FY05 was $41,565.
Services We Provide
- BEP staff develops sites throughout Georgia on federal, state,
municipal and private property locations. Site surveys are conducted to determine
a viable food service opportunity exists. BEP staff works closely with
property managers to install all necessary equipment and fixtures prior to
Examples include the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick,
Fort Benning in Columbus, the DeKalb County Courthouse, the DOL Sussex
Building, the First Union Bank Center in Savannah, and all 29 interstate
rest areas and
- Assessment and initial entrepreneurial training begins in Vocational
Rehabilitation and continues after referral to BEP through on-the-job and
- Management training is provided in such areas as customer service,
merchandising and employee supervision.
- A minimum six-month trial period
is administered during which the candidate’s work performance is
closely monitored while operating a vending facility.
- Financial and accounting services are provided to licensed blind
vendors through its nominee agency, Georgia Cooperative Services for the
- Ongoing technical and administrative support is available to those
who choose to stay in the program for the duration of their business careers.
For further information about the Business Enterprise Program, contact the
Central Office at 770-724-6590, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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