Hello Megan! We're glad to have you here. There's so much to explore and learn... and, we hope you share too. We think everyone has something to share, regardless of background, experience, age... whatever.
Home cooks like you and I can read to our hearts' content in the professionals' forums, but we must leave the posting there to the pros. However, we can post in the General forums, and the pros will see your posts there. Since you're interested in starting a bakery/coffee shop, I recommend you read in the professional forums so you get an idea of what obstacles you may face and how this community can help you.
Let a moderator know if you have questions about the board or the rest of the site. Who knows? You could be one of the CT members who got inspiration and support to open a successful food business. Good luck!