As the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) eagerly prepares to welcome some programs operated by the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to the Workforce Solutions family on September 1, TWC and DARS staff are working closely together to ensure that the transfer will be seamless for DARS consumers and agency partners.
The Business Enterprises of Texas (BET) program is one program transferring to TWC. BET is a federally sponsored, state-administered program that provides food management opportunities for Texans who are blind. BET participants must be recommended by the Vocational Rehabilitation program as good candidates for training to become licensed food service and vending management professionals.
- BET vending and dining facilities are located on state, federal and private properties across Texas
- BET managers produce $50 million in annual sales
- BET facilities employed over 1,400 Texans in 2015
- Ten BET facilities received updates to kitchen and vending equipment and to bring fresh new looks to dining areas in 2015
- Licensed BET managers may serve on the BET Elected Committee of Managers, which helps the program remain successful
At no cost to business owners, the BET program helps establish a facility onsite by providing assistance laying out services and providing equipment for the kitchen, dining room, or break areas. Once the food service or vending facility is up and running, the program supplies a trained BET manager to run daily operations. Managers provide
excellent service, freshly prepared and nutritious food and a clean environment at their vending and dining facilities. BET managers earn their personal income from profits produced by their businesses.
For information about DARS programs transferring to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), visit the HHS Transformation webpage.