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— Interesting Facts About Vending Machines At Rest Stops, Welcome Centers & State Buildings —

B.E.P.  IS THE BUSINESS ENTERPRISE PROGRAM


The Commission for the Blind is responsible for administering a vending facility program for the blind in Michigan.

The commission fulfills this responsibility with the active participation of the Elected Operators Committee.

The foundation of Michigan’s Business Enterprise Program is two-fold. It is shaped by both federal legislation,

the Randolph-Sheppard Act of 1936, and state legislation, Public Act 260 of 1978.

The Randolph-Sheppard Act was established in response to the large number of blind veterans returning home after

World War I. These blind veterans were eager to return to work, but were unable to find employment.

The purposes of the Randolph-Sheppard Act are to provide blind persons with:

  1. Remunerative employment.

  2. To enlarge the economic opportunities of the blind.

  3. To stimulate the blind to greater efforts to make themselves self-sufficient.

HELP SUPPORT THE BLIND — AT REST STOPS, WELCOME CENTERS AND STATE BUILDINGS.

VENDING MACHINE PURCHASES BENEFIT THE B.E.P. OWNER / OPERATOR