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


The Committee of Blind Vendors will hold a Quarterly Meeting on February 4, 2023 at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd., Memphis, TN 38120.  The meeting will start at 9am CST. Upcoming meetings of the Committee of Blind Vendors are tentatively scheduled:

  • May 6, 2023 in Knoxville
    • Hilton Knoxville, 501 W. Church Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37902. The Executive Meeting (Managers ONLY) will begin at 8:00am EST followed by the General Session at 9:30am EST.
  • August 5, 2023 in Nashville
  • November 4, 2023 in Chattanooga