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 I  would like to open Online  store for cakes and pastry. I have an Associate Degree ,but not in a Culinary. My hobby to bake nice cakes became as an idea to change my job and enjoy  my  life .In this case I would like to know , how and where I can get the

certificate for that ? I am a resident of Illinois ,Skokie ,Have a Oakton Community College two blocks from my house. But I have no idea if they have this kind of program . Please let me know If you can help me with his information .

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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.

D.
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Originally Posted by Dhammons View Post

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.

D.

Good advice....
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.

mimi

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.

m.
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Don't know where I left my manners!
Welcome to Chef Talk!

m.
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