Tennessee Business Enterprises (TBE)


Tennessee Business Enterprises (TBE) offers vocational training and employment opportunities for individuals who are legally blind.  The mission of this program is to provide high quality products and customer service while maximizing employment and economic opportunities for legally blind individuals. Federal and State laws grant TBE, under Randolph-Sheppard, a priority to operate vending and food service in Federal, State and local government buildings.  Tennessee Business Enterprises trains, licenses and places blind individuals in a facility where they function much like an independent business owner.  Assistance is provided to these managers by TBE Consultants.  

Tennessee Business Enterprises currently operates 143 facilities across the State.  These facilities generate over $20 million in sales annually.  The type of facilities managed and operated by the licensed blind vendor include:

Fully Automated Vending Locations
Snack Bars
Inmate Commissaries
Over the Counter sales
Micro Markets

Managers Only





Randolph Shepard Act
Code of Federal Regulations
State Law
Operating Manual
Rules and Regulations


About TBE
Be a Manager
Regional Offices
Committee of Blind Vendors
Award Winning Managers
Highway Vending
Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Vending Services

Need Food Service?
Our Commitment to Excellence
Meet Our Staff

Frequently Asked Questions

Inmate Commissaries
Know the Law
Priority for Establishing Vending Facilities

Contact Us


Tennessee Business Enterprises
400 Deaderick Street, 12th floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 313-4914 (Main) or 1-800-628-7818 (Toll Free)
Fax: (615) 741-6508
TBE Message Line: (615) 313-4916
Email: gary.weaver@tn.gov