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Business Enterprise Program

The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) enables Ohioans who are legally blind to have entrepreneurial careers in food service management. These opportunities include the management of cafeterias, convenience stores, snack bars and vending in state, federal and interstate highway rest areas, where licensed operators have priority under the Randolph Sheppard Act and Ohio Revised Code. The BEP also has businesses at state universities, colleges and county buildings.

A BEP manager is the sole proprietor of a business. Like any other business, income is tied to profits as there are no wages or payments by a state, federal, or county government.  In Ohio, BEP managers employ more than 175 people; many are people with disabilities. BEP managers hire and supervise their own employees.

Our Mission
The OOD Business Enterprise Program strives to be the premier career opportunity for individuals who are blind and the service provider of choice for our customers. 

Goals of the Business Enterprise Program

  • Establishing employment for people who have a visual impairment
  • Demonstrating the capabilities and competence of individuals who are legally blind
  • Providing quality food and vending services throughout Ohio