The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) provides business management opportunities for eligible and qualified people to become licensed blind vendors so they may operate various food service and vending operations throughout the state.
The BEP, one of six divisions in the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), was authorized by the federal Randolph-Sheppard Act of 1936 and was established in Georgia in 1944. It is recognized as the State Licensing Agency (SLA) and has priority for operating businesses on federal property and may also operate sites on other properties. Sites include snack bars, cafes, cafeterias, coffee bars, food courts, gift and sundry shops, military dining facilities, vending routes, interstate rest areas and welcome centers.
If you are an agency or business interested in providing your customers and/or employees with a convenient on-site food, vending or beverage service, the BEP would be happy to discuss our various levels of service based on customer specifications. It will be our responsibility to assist in the design and layout of the service you request, provide all equipment and merchandise inventory, as well as select a licensed blind vendor manager to service your location.
As a host organization, you will have the satisfaction of providing quality service to your customers and employees while providing a viable employment opportunity for a Georgian who is blind. For more information on the advantages of partnering with the BEP, please call our main office number in Tucker, GA at (770) 724-6590.