Employment and Career Services

If you have a significant vision loss that makes it hard for you to get and keep a job, you may be eligible for a variety of counseling, training, job skills, and job placement services.

Services vary according to individual needs. SSB counselors work with you to determine which services you will need to reach your job goal. Together you then develop a plan to help you reach this goal. Counselors who know about vision loss and understand workplace demands will help you choose which options are the best for you. For more information, call 651-539-2373.

SSB Resource Guide

SSB’s new Resource Guide brings together, in one place, info on all the services and organizations available to support blind, DeafBlind and low vision Minnesotans who are looking to land that next job or build skills for independence.

Business Enterprises Program

The Minnesota Business Enterprises Program (BEP) provides profitable vending machine business opportunities to qualified licensed legally blind Minnesotans in order to broaden their economic opportunities. You've probably come across one of our vendor sites in a state or federal office building, a rest area or on a state college or university campus.

The BEP provides training, certification, technical support and management services to these self-employed vending business owners.

Qualified individuals must work with an SSB counselor, meet the requirements of our comprehensive evaluation process, and complete an extensive training to be certified to operate a BEP vending business.

The BEP administers this program under the authority of the federal Randolph-Sheppard Act and has an exclusive authority to establish vending businesses on state property.

For further information about the BEP, contact John Hulet at 651-539-2284 or via email at John.Hulet@state.mn.us.


Our Assistive and Adaptive Technology Unit develops, coordinates and provides technology services that help people on the job, in school or at home.

We serve as a clearing house for information and expertise to employers, government agencies and consumers. We cover both hardware and software; we can assess systems and make recommendations; and we stay on top of emerging trends.

For more information, call 651-539-2300.

Find a Vendor

Our Community Partners webpage identifies our Adjustment to Blindness (ATB) vendors, Job-Related Service vendors, and Tactile ASL vendors.


Eligibility for any of our employment and career services is determined based on several criteria, the first of which is a significant vision loss.

People who receive SSI or SSDI because of their vision loss are automatically eligible.

To discuss your eligibility and the programs or services that might be available to you or to request an application for services, call 651-539-2373 or 1-800-652-9000 and ask to speak with someone in the Workforce Development Unit.

Or use our Information Request form and the appropriate member of our staff will contact you.