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      Elected Committee for Blind Managers Meeting

      Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 4th Street, Des Moines, Iowa, Director’s Conference Room

      The next meeting of the Elected Committee of Blind Managers will occur at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at the Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines, Iowa. The tentative agenda is as follows:
      1.  3:00  Call to Order
      2.  3:05  Approval of the May 9, 2017
         Meeting Minutes
      3. 3:10  Director’s Report
      4.   3:20  Inventories Update
      5. 3:30  Mitchellville Rest Area Update
      6. 3:40  Des Moines Vending Route Update
      7. 3:50  Victor Rest Area
      8. 4:00  Other
      9. 4:10  In consideration of holding a
            closed session to review or
            discuss records which are
            required or authorized by state
         or federal law to be kept
         confidential as a condition for
         that governmental body’s
         possession or continue receipt
         of Federal fund.
      10. 4:30  Committee Recommendations
      11. 4:35  Time and Place of Next Meeting
      12. 4:40  Adjourn
       

      Iowa Commission for the Blind Board Meeting

      Iowa Department for the Blind, 524 4th Street, Des Moines, Iowa, Director’s Conference Room

      The next commission board meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 12th at 9:00 am in the Director’s Conference Room at the Iowa Department for the Blind.

      Sandy Ryan, Chair
      Peggy Elliott, Member
      Joe Van Lent, Member

      Agenda:
      https://blind.iowa.gov/upload/idb-agenda

        

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      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 servicessubmit 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

      Evolution of the Randolph-Sheppard Act

      Growth of Vending Stand and Cafeteria Businesses in Iowa

      Rules and Regulations

      Randolph-Sheppard Act
      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.

      Contact Information

      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
      tim.wigans@blind.state.ia.us