The Montana Business Enterprise Program for the Blind
and Visually Impaired (MBEP) was established by the Montana
Department of Public Health and Human Services in 2000
to provide Montanans who are legally blind with
remunerative employment and self-support through
the operation of vending facilities on federal,
state and other properties.
MBEP (also commonly referred to as the "blind vendors program")
currently has licensed blind vendors operating vending
machine facilities on state, federal and other properties
in four areas of the state -- Missoula, Kalispell, Helena-Deer
Lodge Valley and Billings and expects to eventually add operations in
Great Falls, Bozeman and Butte. In addition, MBEP is responsible for administering
vending facilities on state properties throughout Montana regardless of whether
they are operated by blind or non-blind vendors.
The purpose of this web site is to provide you with a handy reference guide to
Montana's business enterprise program. As such, it consists of the following:
- Description of the program and how it operates;
- Recent program developments;
- Legal authority for the program;
- MBEP operations;
- MBEP management and organizational structure;
- Employment opportunities for the blind and visually impaired;
- Reports and resources;
- Frequently asked questions (FAQs); and
- Links to other sites dealing vending programs for the blind and visually
We hope you will take a few minutes to explore our
website and get to know us better. We are sure
you will find it to be a source of valuable information.
And be sure to come back often - we will continuously update the site with
new information, particularly regarding the progress of our blind vendors.
In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate
to contact us at: