I'm in the beginning phases of starting just a small home business with decorating cakes, cookie bouquets, etc. I work full-time so this would be just a part-time deal doing cakes here and there. I've been doing all the research and I understand that I don't have to be licensed in the state of Iowa since I will be selling only non-potentially hazardous food and willd definately be making less than $20,000 a year. My question, does anyone in the Polk County/Des Moines area know if the city or county require a license? I've been in contact with both, but no one seems to know. HELP??? Also, can you advertise in Iowa? I'm in the process of setting up a website and would like to buy business cards. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Hi Becky, I am in Benton county. I don't have to have any kind of license since I don't do foods that have to be refrigerated. I have business cards and I am also setting up a web site. I advertised, but truth be told, I never got one person who said they saw my ad!! I now take 6" single layer sample cakes to businesses along with my card and my business has really taken off! Also, did you see that there is going to be an Iowa ICES day of sharing in Cedar Falls on Nov. 11. Also a gumpase flower class the next day with Jo Bushnell of MN who studied under Nicholas Lodge! I am going to both. I have more info if you are interested. Good luck with your business!
Thank you so much for the reply. I've got calls into the Polk County HD and the city to see if they have any special requirements and the rules for advertising. I'm biting at the bit to get this started so we shall see!
I heard about ICES in Cedar Falls, but I'll be on a family vacation to Jamaica that week. It's a hard choice, but I think I'll choose Jamaica that week. Good luck at the class!
Hi--I am almost ninety nine percent sure you would benefit from being licensed--I am in Dubuque, and go through the health dept. It makes you more credible to others, and ensures that you will be able to get insurance, as that is the first question they ask me for liabililty insurance.