Kentucky Business Enterprises

Kentucky Business Enterprises Training Program

The purpose of the training program is to train blind consumers through the combined efforts of the Division of Client Services, Kentucky Business Enterprises and the State Committee of Blind Vendors.

Kentucky Business Enterprises will offer a multi-week on the job training with an established Kentucky Business Enterprises vendor in a current vending location along with extensive classroom training. The Kentucky Business Enterpriese Director, with input from the blind vendors committee, will determine the number of trainees to be accepted for each training class.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission

  • Meet a visual diagnosis as defined in the Federal Randolph-Sheppard Act at 20 USC 107e(1) and the definition of blindness established in 34 CFR 395.(c)I;
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be certified that the consumer meets the general criteria of eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services from the Office;
  • Have received a high school diploma or GED certification;
  • Have financial skills for operating a vending business;
  • Have verbal and communication skills;
  • Have public relations skills;
  • Have personal hygiene and appearance for meeting the public;
  • Be independent in performing daily living activities;
  • Have mobility skills; and
  • Have reached the age of majority.

Assessment may be conducted at the McDowell Center or may be provided or arranged by the Office for the Blind Regional Orientation and Mobility Specialists, Assistive Technology Specialists, Independent Living Specialists, or Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors.

The confidentiality requirements enumerated at 34 C.F.R. 361.49 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, will be applied in this procedure.

For more information about the rules and regulations concerning Kentucky Business Enterprises, including training and licensing, click here.

Screening Committee

The Screening Committee shall be composed of:

  • The Kentucky Business Enterprises Director or designee;
  • The Chair of the State Blind Vendors Committee or designee;
  • A Kentucky Business Enterprises vendor appointed by the Chair of the State Blind Vendors Committee; and
  • The Director of Client Services of designee
  • The Kentucky Business Enterprises Assistant Director or the designee

On the Job Training

The Training Vendor(s) shall submit to the Kentucky Business Enterprises Director, a weekly evaluation reporting the progress of the Trainee in the following areas:

  • Financial skills needed to operate an independent business;
  • Verbal and communication skills;
  • Public relation skills;
  • Personal hygiene and appearance for meeting the public;
  • Management skills, including marketing and purchasing;
  • Work skills; and
  • Work habits

If at any time during the training program, it becomes apparent that the Trainee is not going to complete the program successfully, the Counselor should be notified, and the Trainee removed from the program.

Upon completion of vendor training, the trainees will be awarded a vending license, making them eligible to bid on vacant or new Kentucky Business Enterprises locations.