[LMB] OT: AKICOTL, small business grants

Nora Bombay nbombay at mindspring.com
Wed, 9 Mar 2005 16:29:48 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

Realistically, for a buisness that involves cooking and selling food your best bet is to gain access to a commercial kitchen. Most churches, firehouses, schools and other places have have kitchens that meet the health and safety standards.

And it's much easier to take supplies to the guaranteed to pass inspection commercial kitchen than to get a home kitchen approved, especially in a rental property.

As for start up funds, generally a home baked goods buisness won't qualify for grants until you get it up off the ground. You will need a full business plan and some potential customers, as well as plans to essential offer a commercial bakery.

But, on a lower level, you may want to start in the self funded zone- Find a kitchen that passes the commercial requirements. Check into if you need to get some sort of food service lisence or certification- this varies wildly by area. And start a few dozen batches. The hardest part will be in selling the baked goods- local resturants and stores. 

As a self funded sideline business, you can make a lot of money. There was a woman in my Dad's office who had a tidy business of making cakes. She would charge $20-30 for what was the best velvet or rum or chocolate cake you ever had. 

But as a full time career, it's highly unlikely that you will be able to earn enough to make it worth while, especially if you have to pay your own healthcare costs. 

That said: Have you considered cooking school? I think you have the makings of a pastry chef.

NB. Who loved the brownies, and thinks they are a great sideline, but that the whole thing is radically undercapitalized for a full time business.