- The Business Enterprise Program
The Purpose of the Business Enterprise Program
- Catering and Coffee Services (Business Enterprise Program, Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs)
To meet your catering and coffee service needs, ANY of our operators (including those managing cafeteria, highway, or other vending locations) will welcome the opportunity to provide these services.
- Legal Authority In Michigan, the Business Enterprise Program is operated under authority of two separate Acts and their promulgated rules.
- History & Structure of the Business Enterprise Program
In 1936, Congress enacted the Randolph-Sheppard Act, thus providing opportunities for blind people in small businesses on federal properties.
Where You can Visit Us
- BSBP Business Enterprise Program
Operator List and Locations
This is a list of the BEP Operators by region and include operator name, contact information and the type of site they are operating.
- Business Enterprise Program Staff Contacts
Staff contacts for the Business Enterprise Program
Vending Machine Refunds
- For comments and/or refunds...
Follow the instructions on the vending machine, or call 866-795-8363 toll-free.
- Frequently Asked Questions for potential BEP operators (food service managers and vendors), Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
- FAQs for food service and vending machine customers, Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Business Enterprise Program:
Please note: The answers provided are not meant to be a substitute for legal advice.
Our Federal Rules
- Additional Staff Responsibilities
In addition to other requirements imposed in this title and in the Randolph-Sheppard Act upon State licensing agencies, such agencies shall--
Our Federal Legislation
- Randolph-Sheppard Act
AN ACT to authorize the operation of stands in Federal buildings by blind persons, to enlarge the economic opportunities of the blind, and for other purposes
The Congress finds after review of the operation of the blind vending stand program authorized under the Randolph-Sheppard Act of June 20, 1936 ..
- Standards, Studies, and Reports
The Secretary, through the Commissioner, after a period of study not to exceed six months...
How to Get a Job Running a Food Service Facility
- Becoming a BEP Operator
...a brief list of steps that will lead to a successful placement of a blind person in an interesting and challenging career.
- Business Enterprise Program (BEP) Eligibility
Eligibility for the (Michigan) Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Business Enterprise Program and training
The license is a written certificate issued by the State Licensing Agency to an operator assuming the responsibility of his/her vending facility.
Each candidate for the program will be evaluated in the following areas:
When the client and counselor believe that the selection of a vocational objective as a vending facility operator is appropriate, a request for an interview with a member of the Business Enterprise Program staff is to be encouraged.
How Operators and the Bureau Work Together
- Elected Operators Committee Overview
The Elected Operators Committee meets a minimum of four (4) times each year. Committee actions may affect the administration of the program.
- Elected Operators Committee Meeting Minutes
The proceedings of the committee's meetings are summarized in minutes. Approved minutes of meetings are archived here.