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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 Tennessee Business Enterprises Committee of Blind Vendors will hold it’s April 2021 quarterly committee meeting virtually.  Interested parties can access the meeting(s) as follows:

Thursday, April 29, 2021 10:30 AM-2:30 PM CST
Meeting number (access code): 185 132 7453
Meeting Password: ZzMW3HJmu33
Join by phone: +1-415-655-0003 US TOLL 
Join from a video system or application: Dial

Friday, April 30, 2021 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM CST
Meeting number (access code): 185 808 9388
Meeting Password: dUygdqm9e35
Join by phone: +1-415-655-0003 US TOLL 
Join from a video system or application: Dial

Saturday, August 7, 2021
At the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown, 2 Carter Plaza
Chattanooga, TN 37043
for GPS - 1102 Carter Street


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