Office of Children and Family Services

New York State Commission for the Blind

Business Enterprise Program (BEP)

If you have ever considered managing your own business, or working in a fast-paced, challenging environment, NYSCB's Business Enterprise Program (BEP) might be for you.

The BEP offers opportunities for individuals who are blind to gain the training and skills necessary to manage one of several vending facilities located in Federal and state office buildings throughout the state. After completing an intensive training program, BEP managers become proficient in all aspects of retail management including purchasing products, controlling inventory, marketing products, maintaining good customer relations, and keeping accurate records.

BEP managers must complete a rigorous training program designed to provide the technical skills to successfully manage a BEP newsstand.

Click on the BEP facility images below to enlarge.

Thumbnail image of vending maching facility.
Vending Service.


Thumbnail image of retail store.
Retail Service.


Thumbnail image of food store.
Food Service.