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Iowa Business Enterprises Program
The Business Enterprises Program (BEP) provides opportunities for legally blind Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) clients of the Iowa Department for the Blind to manage their own businesses -- operating vending machines, road side vending sites, or snack bar/catering services. These businesses can be found in federal, state, county, municipal, and private locations throughout Iowa. Interested? Learn more about our employment services, submit a referral with your contact information, or contact your VR counselor.
Through BEP, you'll learn all aspects of the food service business, from ordering merchandise to managing employees. You'll receive equipment, initial stock, and ongoing consultation.
History of the Program
Rules and Regulations
Text of the federal law that gives blind individuals priority for vending and cafeteria operations in federal facilities.
Chapter 216D of the Iowa Code
Iowa law that gives blind individuals priority for vending and cafeterias operations in state facilities.
Iowa Department For The Blind (IDB) Business Enterprises Program - Policy And Procedure Manual
The B.E.P. reflects the philosophy and mission of the IDB by continuing to believe in the independence and capacity of blind people to be independent entrepreneurs in all aspects of the food service business.
For more information about Iowa BEP opportunities and getting started in our training program, contact:
Tim Wigans, Business Enterprises Program Counselor
515-249-8742 or in Iowa call (800) 362-2587