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Vending Operations

Overview

To become a licensed vending facility operator, an individual must first be certified as being legally blind and then must complete an evaluation and screening process administered by Blind and Low Vision Services that is designed to:

  • Determine that the candidate is qualified to operate a business enterprise facility; and
  • Determine that the candidate is in need of vocational opportunities.

Once accepted, the prospective operator must then complete an intensive two- to three-month training program and additional on the job training before becoming eligible for licensing. After being licensed and placed, new vendors operate businesses that provide vending services in assigned geographic areas, either singly or as part of a vending team.

Licensed Vending Facility Operators

The following individuals are active vending facility operators in MBEP (as of January 2006):

  • Deborah Jackson received her new vendor training in Montana and joined MBEP as a licensed vending facility operator in March 2004. She operates Deb's and Indy's Vending, which consists of a snack bar in the Missoula Federal Building which, with help from her guide dog, Indie, she quickly turned it into a profitable enterprise and seven vending machines in both the Federal Building and Federal Courthouse. She resides in Missoula.
  • Donna Harris, a life-long resident of the Helena-Townsend area, joined the program in July 2003 after receiving her new vendor training from the Minnesota BEP. She was assigned to the Helena area, where she rapidly developed Sleeping Giant Vending into the largest vending machine route in MBEP. Donna's previous work experience includes Student Loan Sales Manager for the Bank of Montana, Disbursement Service Accounting Technician with the Montana Guaranteed Student Loan Program, and operator of her own registered day car business in East Helena. She lives with her family in East Helena.
  • Evelyn Pool became a licensed vending facility operator in July 2003 in the Kalispell area after being trained by the Minnesota BEP. Since then, she has developed a vending route that consists of over 20 machines and continues to work on adding several more. Evelyn holds a B.A. degree in teaching and a master¹s in counseling and rehabilitation and has significant work experience in both fields. She resides in Columbia Falls.
  • Lyle Schmautz became a licensed vendor after being trained by MBEP. He operates Blue Mountain Vending, a vending machine route that currently consists of 24 machines on 10 sites in the greater Missoula area. Lyle's previous work experience includes operating real estate management and silviculture businesses. He and his family reside in Missoula.

Vending Routes and Sites

MBEP Vending Facility Operators service the following vending facility sites (as of January 1, 2006).

Vending Route #1 - Blue Mountain Vending, Missoula Area (10 sites, 24 vending machines)

State Properties - None

Federal Properties

  • Rocky Mountain National Laboratories, Hamilton - 7 vending machines
  • Lolo National Forest, Missoula - 4 vending machines
  • Rocky Mountain Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, Missoula - 2 vending machines
  • Montana Technology Development Center, U.S. Forest Service, Missoula - 5 vending machines
  • Fire Science Laboratory, U.S. Forest Service, Missoula - 1 vending machine

Other Properties

  • Opportunity Resources, Missoula - 1 vending machine
  • Pepsi Cola Bottling, Missoula - 1 vending machine
  • Clawson Manufacturing, Missoula - 1 vending machine
  • American Red Cross, Missoula - 1 vending machine
  • Palace Apartments, Missoula - 1 vending machine

Vending Route #1-A - Deb's and Indy's Vending, Missoula (2 sites, 1 snack bar, 7 vending machines)

State Properties - None

Federal Properties

  • Missoula Federal Building, Missoula - 1 snack bar, 5 vending machines
  • Russell Smith Federal Courthouse, Missoula - 2 vending machines

Other Properties - None

Vending Route #2 - Sleeping Giant Vending, Helena Area-Deer Lodge Valley (16 sites, 101 vending machines)

State Properties

  • DPHHS Headquarters Building - 3 vending machines
  • Cogswell Building - 6 vending machines
  • Montana Historical Society and Museum - 3 vending machines
  • Department of Corrections Headquarters Building - 3 vending machines
  • Mitchell Building - 9 vending machines
  • Justice Building - 3 vending machines
  • Old Livestock Building - 1 vending machine
  • Fish, Wildlife & Parks Headquarters Building - 2 vending machines
  • DPHHS Office Building, 3075 N. Montana - 2 vending machines
  • Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge - 7 vending machines
  • Montana State Hospital, Warm Springs - 10 vending machines
  • Title and Registration Bureau, Deer Lodge - 3 vending machines
  • Department of Military Affairs, Ft. Harrison, Helena - 43 vending machines

Federal Properties

  • Baucus Federal Building - 3 vending machines
  • Hatfield Federal Court House - 1 vending machines

Other Properties

  • Federal Express, Helena - 2 vending Machines

Vending Route #3 - Evelyn K. Pool, Kalispell Area (10 sites, 21 vending machines)

State Properties

  • DPHHS Office Building, Kalispell - 2 vending machines
  • Montana Veterans Home, Columbia Falls - 2 vending machines
  • Montana Job Service Center, Kalispell - 1 vending machine
  • Fish, Wildlife and Parks Regional Office, Kalispell - 2 vending machines
  • Department of Transportation Regional Office, Kalispell - 2 vending machines
  • Department of Natural Resources, Northwestern Land Office, Kalispell - 2 vending machines

Federal Properties

  • Flathead National Forest, Kalispell - 3 Vending Machines
  • Glacier National Park Headquarters, West Glacier - 4 vending machines
  • Port of Roosville, U.S. General Services Administration - 2 vending machines

Other Properties

  • North Valley Agriculture, Kalispell - 1 vending machine

Vending Route #4, Billings Area (6 sites, 22 vending machines)

State Properties

  • DPHHS Offices, Billings - 4 vending machines
  • Adult Probation and Parole, Billings - 3 vending machines
  • Criminal Investigation Division/Highway Patrol, Billings - 3 vending machines

Federal Properties

  • Jameson Federal Building, Billings - 5 vending machines
  • Battin Federal Courthouse, Billings - 4 vending machines
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Billings - 3 vending machines

Other Properties - None

Montana Business Enterprise Program
For the Blind and Visually Impaired

104 Riverview 5E
Great Falls, MT 59404
Voice: 406.546.8546 Fax: 406.453.6678

 

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