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Business Enterprises Program (BEP)

The Minnesota Business Enterprises Program (BEP) develops self-employment vending, convenience store and micro market businesses providing services on federal and state property under the jurisdiction of Minnesota State Services for the Blind (SSB). This privilege is authorized under the Randolph-Sheppard Act and Minn. Stat. 248.07, subd 7.

The owner/operators of businesses in the BEP are Minnesotans who are legally blind and meet specific criteria under federal law to participate and operate their own business. The primary responsibility of each owner/operator is to operate their business within the guidelines of the law and to ensure customer satisfaction to maximize their income.

The goal of the BEP is to provide self-employment opportunities for legally blind Minnesotans to become self-supporting. The BEP has a staff of six who provide management, technical and administrative support and training to each owner/operator to achieve this goal.

For more information, please contact Program Supervisor John Hulet at 651-539-2283 or by email at

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