Originally Posted by Dhammons
Having just gotten my business license for my cake business, here are a few questions you will need to find answers to:
Are you baking out of your home, or using commercial space?
Does your state have a cottage food law, and what are the requirements if they do?
Do you already have your business license?
Have you spoken to your local health department?
I am operating under my state's cottage food law, and they do have some restrictions and requirements. So you will want to be sure you check out those requirements if this applies to you.
Hope this gets you going in the right direction.
I would like to add that when you enter the world of online commerce (esp if the product is crossing state lines) you have just opened a huge can o' worms.
You will get to play pretty with the FDA and maybe even the USDA.
Not trying to be a meanie.
The government plays for keeps and ignorance of the law is no excuse.
Might not be a bad idea to hire a consultant to help you with your business plan.
OBTW.....a culinary school diploma is not required in order to peddle your wares.
Depending upon your location you will need some sort of certificate proving your knowledge of safe food practices.