The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) trains and assists people who are blind in establishing and operating food service businesses in public and private facilities across the state. The Division of Visual Services equips locations, provides initial inventory and offers on-going business counseling.
Licensed blind entrepreneurs are educated in food safety, hospitality, marketing and business management. Upon completion of the education courses, the new owners open and operate a private food service business.
A portion of business proceeds is paid to the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services to support the entrepreneurial program.
Total sales generated by blind owned business in this program average over $10 million each year.
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Steps to success
Step 1: Locate an office nearest you, use this link to find the state office and contact information that serves your area.
Step 2: Call for an appointment
Step 3: Fill out an application
Step 4: Gather as much medical information as you can
Step 5: Show up for the appointment to complete the application
Keys to Success
- Keep in contact with your counselor
- Let him or her know if you move or change phone numbers
- Complete any assignments