NRTC Publications on the Business Enterprise Program

Journal Articles

Moore, J. Elton (2005). The need for reciprocity between states in creating opportunities in the Randolph-Sheppard Program. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 99(9): 549-553.

Schaefer. Kelly (2003). Managing knowledge in the Business Enterprise program. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 97(9): 562-566.

Schaefer, Kelly (2003). Pockets of opportunity: Multicultural marketing strategies for BEP growth. Work, 21: 89-95.

Moore, J. Elton, and Cavenaugh, Brenda S. (2003). Self-employment for persons who are blind. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 97(6): 366-369.

Schaefer. Kelly, and Moore, J. Elton (2002). Strategies for enhancing the Business Enterprise program. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 96(9): 659-663.

Schaefer, Kelly (2002). Strategies for minimizing the effects of manager turnover on the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program. RE:view, 34(2): 87-95.

Moore, J. Elton (1999). Making the Randolph-Sheppard Program more competitive: Results of a national training needs assessment. RE:view, 31(2): 67-76.

Tucker, Angula, J. Elton Moore, and James Weber (1999). Inclusion of legally blind women in the Randolph-Sheppard Program: Issues and practices. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 93(1): 7-16.

Tedder, Norma E., and Maxson, John H. (1988). Job tasks, knowledge and business practices among Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise operators: A comparison with state licensing agency training practices. Journal of Rehabilitation Administration, Feb. 1990: 11-16.

Tedder, Norma E., and Maxson, John H. (1989). Characteristics of operators in the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program. RE:view, 21(1): 5-18.

In-house Publications

Inclusion of Women in the Randolph-Sheppard Program (1997)
The purpose of this study was to determine reasons for the low disproportionate number of women in the BEP throughout the U.S. and to identify recruitment strategies to attract more females into the BEP.

The Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program Video and Marketing Information Kit (VHS Tape & Kit) (1995)
The 10-minute videotape and Marketing Information Kit are for use by State Licensing Agencies throughout the country. They are designed to promote the BEP with building managers, plant managers, building superintendents, and others who are interested in utilizing the services provided under the Randolph-Sheppard Act. The Dubmaster & SyQuest Diskette are available through the MSU Television Center: (662) 325-1332.

Model Program Operation Manual for Business Enterprise Program Supervisors (1994)
BEP personnel will find this manual to be a valuable resource for planning and implementing a Business Enterprise Program. It provides a model from which general procedures can be outlined.

Model Curricula for Training Managers and Facility Operators in the Business Enterprise Program (1993)
This curriculum guide serves as a resource to the Staff Development Officers, Human Resource Development Officers, or Rehabilitation Teachers who are responsible for training persons to be licensed under the Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program.

The Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program: Illumination and Color Contrast (1992)
In this study, researchers sought to determine whether snack bars operating under the Randolph-Sheppard BEP met recommended illumination standards and used color schemes to achieve proper mood and maximum production when applicable. Through measurement and observation, the researchers established lighting and color guidelines for BEP dining facilities. The results of this study suggest that a review and possible improvement of lighting and color in existing BEP facilities may enhance sales and profits for blind entrepreneurs.

The Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program: Site Selection (1990)
Business Enterprise Program directors and counselors were surveyed regarding site selection factors. Among the criteria indicated were: anticipated income, space, start-up costs, rent, remodeling, customer traffic, and storage space.

A Comparison of Job Tasks for Operators of Business Enterprises for the Blind and State Licensing Agency Practices (1988)
This study was conducted to describe the job tasks of BEP operators in snack bar, cafeteria, and vending businesses and compare reported tasks of BEP operators to the training programs of State Licensing Agencies as an aid to developing upward mobility training strategies for BEP operators.

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