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Business Enterprise Program

Business Enterprise Program Goals

  • Provide food service businesses to people who are legally blind;
  • Establish employment for people who have a visual disability;
  • Publicly demonstrate the abilities, capabilities, and competencies of individuals with disabilities;
  • Provide quality food and vending service programs

How OOD Supports the Business Enterprise Program

OOD's Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) administers the Business Enterprise Program (BEP), which is federally funded. Specialists working for BSVI provide management consulting services to BEP operators to help their businesses succeed. BEP funds cover the costs of the equipment and initial inventory to establish a business, plus equipment repairs and other ongoing support. A monthly charge collected from facility operators partially pays for these investments.

The link will take you to the Ohio Vendors Representative Committee

If you have questions about the Business Enterprise Program, please call (877) 898-0013.

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Available Facility and Site Postings

Business Enterprise Training

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.

Upward Mobility Training

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 Definition

Identity Theft (Part 1)

Identity Theft (Part 2)

Safety and Security Notes (Active Shooter)

Loss Prevention Upward Mobility Training Notes

Upward Mobility Training Loss Prevention - Part 1

Upward Mobility Training Loss Prevention - Part 2

Upward Mobility Training Loss Prevention - Part 3

If you have questions, please contact the Business Enterprise Training Program Manager at 614-312-1271.

Business Enterprise Forms & Rules

BE RULES

OOD - 1009 BEP Facility Application

OOD - 1010 BEP Daily Cash Report Revised March 2019

OOD - 1017 BEP Vehicle Expense Report

OOD - 1014 Monthly Operating Report

Inventory Sheet

Participant Expense Report