Kentucky Business Enterprises

Kentucky Business Enterprises Vending Program 

Program Overview

The Kentucky Business Enterprises is one of the nation's leading vending and food service programs operated by people who are visually impaired or blind.  The program trains and places individuals as self-employed operators of snack bars, dining facilities, and automated vending facilities in public and private buildings across the Commonwealth.

Administered by the Kentucky Office for the Blind, the KBE program trains and certifies Kentuckians who are legally blind in food service and licenses them to operate snack bars, dining facilities and automated vending facilities in public and private locations across the Commonwealth.

The program provides full-time employment and career opportunities for Kentuckians who are legally blind, while providing quality vending and food service for government and business.

How the Program Works

Qualified consumers of the Office for the Blind receive specialized training in food services and are certified as Kentucky Business Enterprise licensed vendors. They operate food and vending facilities at public and private locations under Kentucky Business Enterprise rules and regulations. Costs of initial stock and equipment are provided by Office for the Blind and title for these items remain with the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Vendors operate their facilities as their own businesses, receiving income from the net profits.

Dedicated to Customer Satisfaction

Kentucky is a full-time vendor, not a delivery service. Dedication to customer satisfaction is one of the main reasons for Kentucky Business Enterprises' success.  Each service location is designed to provide the products customers want in an attractive setting.

Each facility is adequately stocked from the first day of operation, offering a large selection of quality products at competitive prices. Where possible, products are purchased from local wholesalers, allowing the vendor to secure each customer's product preferences.

Only the most up-to-date equipment is used. Kentucky Business Enterprises' trained vending machine repair technicians provide prompt repair and preventative maintenence.

Vendors Make the Difference

Each Kentucky Business Enterprise facility is operated by a well-trained vendor whose top priority is providing courteous and immediate service.

On site vendors stock their own machines, keep food service areas clean and make sure customers receive immediate return of any lost monies.

Why should you choose Kentucky Business Enterprises for your vending and food service?

  • Attractive and pleasant facilities
  • Well maintained, up-to-date equipment
  • Quality, brand-name products
  • Competitive prices
  • Reliable equipment maintenance and repair
  • Knowledgeable, service-oriented vendors