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Business Enterprise Specialist

Work Locations


Lakewood BSVI/BVR 

14650 Detroit Avenue 3rd Floor

 Lakewood 44107-4210


: Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Classified Indicator: Classified

Bargaining Unit / Exempt: Bargaining Unit


: Full-time

Work Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM (M-F)

Compensation: $23.49 per hour

Unposting Date

: Sep 18, 2023, 11:59:00 PM

Job Function

: Purchasing, Sales, Stores

 Agency Contact Name: Caleb Skinner

Agency Contact Information: 

Business Enterprise Specialist - Hybrid Potential (230008KB) 

Job Duties



Empowering Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence.



Now accepting applications for




$23.49 per hour




This position offers/These positions offer the flexibility of a hybrid schedule that combines working from home with regular in-office and/or community presence. 


In-person work requirements may change for training, meetings, and other operational needs. 


Employees must reside at a location that allows for reasonable response time to workplace reporting requirements.  Daytime travel within Ohio may be required.


Who We Are:


Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the state agency that empowers Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence. It is accomplished through its Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR), Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) and Division of Disability Determination (DDD). A fourth area is the Division of Employer and Innovation Services (EIS), which is responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships with employers.


What We Do:


OOD works with partners in businesses, education, and non-profit organizations to facilitate customized employment plans for Ohioans with disabilities; helps Ohio companies recruit and retain employees with disabilities; and is the sole agency determining medical and vocational Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs in Ohio. To learn more about OOD, click here.


Our Guiding Principles:


In striving for excellence in service, we will:

  • Listen first
  • Act with a sense of urgency
  • Honor diversity
  • Foster inclusiveness
  • Value collaboration
  • Inspire innovation
  • Be transparent
  • Be accountable
  • Celebrate success

What does a Business Enterprise Specialist do?

At OOD, a Business Enterprise Specialist provides management consultation to blind &/or visually impaired self-employed business owners in vending/cafeteria facilities (e.g. operations, management, administration, staffing, finance, profitability, safety, and health); monitors and interacts with state and federal agencies and businesses to ensure regulatory/contract compliance; provides innovative suggestions to increase business; forecasts facility gross sales and net profit goals, budget, equipment planning, and purchasing; objectively and thoughtfully appraises operator performance; acts as a liaison between entrepreneur and facility contacts to mediate any issues and resolve customer complaints; assesses potential new site opportunities on military, federal, or state properties; plans and coordinates 3rd party moves and installation for businesses.

As a Business Enterprise Specialist you will learn about program-specific contract language; Code of Federal Regulations to include Randolph-Sheppard Act and Mini-Randolph Sheppard Act; Ohio Administrative Code 3304:1-21; ServSafe certification; strategies for communicating effectively with people with visual impairments.


Characteristics of a Successful Business Enterprise Specialist:

  • Strong critical-thinking, problem-solving and mediation skills;
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize duties;
  • Prior management experience in retail/restaurant/small business setting;
  • Prior experience establishing/implementing sales forecasts, budgets;
  • Excellent customer service skills;
  • Ability to research/analyze financial data and develop plans for improvement;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a part of a high-functioning team.


What’s in it for you:

At the State of Ohio, we take care of the team that cares for Ohioans. We provide a variety of quality, competitive benefits to eligible full-time and part-time employees. For a list of all the State of Ohio Benefits, visit our Total Rewards website! Our benefits package includes:

Medical Coverage

  • Quality, affordable, and competitive medical benefits are offered through the available Ohio Med plans. 

Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance

  • Dental, vision, and basic life insurance premiums are free after completed eligibility period. Length of eligibility period is dependent on union representation.

Time Away From Work and Work/Life Balance

  • Paid time off, including vacation, personal, and sick leave 
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Childbirth/Adoption leave

Employee Development Funds

  • The  State of Ohio offers a variety of educational and professional development funding that varies based on whether you are a union-exempt employee or a union-represented employee.

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

  • OPERS is the retirement system for State of Ohio employees.  The employee contributes 10% of their salary towards their retirement.  The employer contributes an amount equal to 14% of the employee’s salary.  Visit the OPERS website for more information.

Deferred Compensation

Ohio is a Disability Inclusion State and strives to be a Model Employer of Individuals with disabilities. The State of Ohio is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Mission Statement:

The mission of OOD is to empower Ohioans with disabilities through employment, disability determinations, and independence. OOD strives to hire, sustain, and promote a workforce that not only embraces this mission but is also reflective of the rich diversity of the Ohioans we serve.


OOD considers diversity comprehensively, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, and all other human dynamics that shape creative perspective and professional experience.


OOD is intentional in cultivating an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment where all voices are heard, respected, and valued, as demonstrated by the way we treat all individuals.




2 years' training or 2 years' experience in business which included responsibility for sales, production, marketing & accounting or bookkeeping. 

Equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications for Employment noted above.




Knowledge of business administration including sales, production & marketing; retail management; accounting; laws & regulations governing small business & food & vending operations; public relations*; industrial accident prevention or control*; manpower planning*; inventory control. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; calculate fractions, decimals & percentages; prepare meaningful, concise & accurate information about data, people or things; gather, collate & classify information about data, people or things.

(*)Developed after employment.


Application Requirements

Please ensure your online application (e.g., work experience/education sections, contact information) is up-to-date and clearly indicates how you meet minimum qualifications for the position.  If you meet minimum qualifications due to an educational achievement (e.g., college courses/degree, relevant licensure), you must submit a copy of your unofficial transcript by the posting deadline.  This documentation can be submitted by attaching directly on the Additional Attachments section of the application (Step 7) or via email to

Please do not type “see resume” as a substitution for completing sections of the application.  Assumptions will not be made.  Vague or unclear descriptions of job duties or education may result in removal from consideration.  Answers to the job-related questionnaire (Step 4) must be supported by the work experience/education sections of the application.

Internal applicants: information in your personnel file does NOT supplement the need to attach supporting documents by the posting deadline.

Online applications that fail to document how they meet minimum qualifications will not be considered.


Selection Process

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for this position may receive an email invitation to participate in our selection process.  The selection process consists of an online assessment and an in-person structured interview.  The online assessment is tentatively scheduled for the week of October 2, 2023.


Application Status

Applicants can check their application status and all vacancy-related email correspondence on “My Jobpage.”  To access “My Jobpage,” navigate to the Careers.Ohio.Gov job search webpage and sign in; the link to My Jobpage is displayed under the TeamOhio logo. 


Technical Assistance

Applicants who require technical assistance (e.g., issues logging in or other system-related issues) should contact


Reasonable Accommodation

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs, and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.  If you a require an accommodation based on a disability for any step of the selection process, please contact Human Resources at so proper arrangements can be made. 


 Background Check Information 

The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check.  Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position.  An individual assessment of an applicant’s prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.


Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


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