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Vocational Rehabilitation

Business Enterprise Program

Legislation

The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) is what it is today because of the Randolph-Sheppard Act. This legislation was enacted June 20, 1936, and gave legally blind people the rights to operate newsstands and food-service venues in federally owned properties. It provided those individuals with gainful, sustaining employment. Forty-eight states now have a Business Enterprise Program.