Business Enterprises of Texas (BET) is a federally sponsored, state-administered program that helps Texans who are blind or visually impaired to set up a business managing cafeteria or food vending facilities.
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Business Enterprises of Texas serves job seekers and employers by providing employment opportunities to operate food service and vending machine locations on federal, state, and private properties for people who are blind and meet eligibility criteria.
Individuals may be eligible for Business Enterprises of Texas services if:
Additional requirements must be met for individuals to be referred to the BET program by TWC Vocational Rehabilitation staff.
Texas Workforce Commission provides an annual customer service and cost analysis report.
TWC collects monthly financial reporting on the operation of BET facilities from manager of BET facilities, as well as maintaining information on program funds.
The Texas Workforce Commission, as authorized in Texas Administrative Code Chapter 106, Subchapter N, licenses blind persons to operate cafeteria or vending facilities on state, federal and other properties.
To support its operation, BET receives:
Authorizing laws, regulations and guidance include:
Members of the BET Elected Committee of Managers advise currently licensed program administrators on changes to the program and work to increase food service management opportunities for Texans who are blind.