BI Buzz Concession Services


BI Buzz Concession Services is the latest addition to Becoming Independent’s Social Enterprise Division. Thanks to a ground-breaking partnership with the recently launched Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART Train), BI operates concession services aboard the entire fleet. This unique enterprise allows two key organizational goals to be met. Meaningful, community-based training and employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities are being created. Meanwhile, new and sustainable revenue streams are being developed in order to fuel continuing innovation in the services BI provides.

Interested in having a BI Buzz concession stand in your place of business?
Contact JayJay Rico at 707.524.6613 or jrico@becomingindependent.org to learn more!


Fun Fact:

The BI Buzz allows us to interact with close to 5,000 community members on a monthly basis, creating increased awareness about Becoming Independent and the services we offer.


A recent partnership between a passenger railroad and a community employment non-profit might be one of the more interesting developments I’ve read about in the developmental disabilities field in quite some time…

(Full Article Available Here)

Matthew Nelson

Project SEARCH Skills Trainer & Job Developer, Pearl Buck Center

Proudly partnering with the following businesses:

Taylor Maid Farms                               Cookie Take a Bite…

Sbragia Family Vineyards                   La Crema Winery

ACE Hard Cider                                    North Coast Brewing Co.

Lagunitas Brewing Co.                        Morris Distributing

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) 

… And more!


To see the full concession menu available on the SMART Train – Click Here!

We'd love to hear what you want to see served on the SMART Train:

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