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BEP Requirements

The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) has more than 60 years of experience assisting in business success. The BEP requires that prospective business owners complete a training program consisting of online classroom and at-facility training. Classroom instruction includes food service safety and sanitation, merchandising, customer service, management skills, BEP regulations, bookkeeping, restaurant law, equipment maintenance and first aid (with cardiopulmonary resuscitation). At-facility training gives potential owners actual work experience with a licensed manager who operates an enterprise. After the training, you must pass a final exam to become licensed and then apply for an available BEP facility.

Below is a partial list of qualifications required to be considered eligible for the BEP Licensure Training

  • Legally blind (best corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye);
  • U.S. Citizen;
  • Age 21 or older;
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.;
  • Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrates appropriate interpersonal skills for a retail business environment;
  • Complete the training program;
  • No past due BEP debts.

Training Tools

BSVI is committed to ensuring that all BE licensed Operators have access to necessary Upward-Mobility training opportunities.  For guidance on training, please visit 

Upward Mobility Training. 

Coffee 101 - How To Make a Great Cup of Coffee is an Upward Mobility Training arranged by the BEP and instructed by Shaffer Distributing Company technicians.  Please visit Coffee 101 Outline for information regarding the Upward Mobility training.

You may also watch the training series videos online to link to videos files that we hope you find useful.

If you have questions, please contact the Business Enterprise Training Program Manager at 614-438-1279.