About the BEP
The Wisconsin Business Enterprise Program provide employment opportunities to over 100 Wisconsinites, including 30 blind or visually impaired individuals. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has highlighted the skills, talents, and abilities that people with disabilities have to offer Wisconsin employers.
Nationally, the Business Enterprise Program is one of the nation’s largest full-line vending, office coffee, micro-market and food service organizations with over 2,000 business owners and 14,000 associates throughout the United States.
Forty-six states and the District of Columbia now participate in the Randolph-Sheppard program. Their duties include management of all troop dining services at 38 separate military installations located in the United States. By designating an agency to license the vendors in each state (referred to as the State Licensing Agency), the Department of Education, through the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, oversees and regulates the implementation of the Act.
Randolph-Sheppard is by far the most successful effort to provide employment for blind individuals in the history of our country. It is also the most successful disability-targeted program for providing real opportunities–with competitive wages.
The American Dream of working hard, earning a living, and being independent should be attainable by everyone, including people with disabilities. Together, we can grow Wisconsin’s workforce!