Ok California....i'm Confused

Business By betty88 Updated 14 Jul 2011 , 2:46am by betty88

betty88 Posted 13 Jul 2011 , 10:56pm
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I live in merced county and i've recelntly been inquiring about the cake biz... i've gotten in contact with a few people but i am still confused about which order i should do things icon_confused.gif

i want to rent a commercial kitchen in the town that i live in. i do not have any permits or insurance or kitchen yet or anything to start so i would like to know in what order i should do things. get my business name first or my insurance or permit....i'm lost!

PLEASE HELP ME icon_redface.gif

Thanks for reading!!! icon_biggrin.gif

5 replies
step0nmi Posted 13 Jul 2011 , 11:16pm
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it sounds like you need to start with a business plan...there are lots of places out there than can help you get one started all it takes is a little google search icon_wink.gif

southerncross Posted 13 Jul 2011 , 11:37pm
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once you find the commerical kitchen then start looking at the permit

City of Merced:


Merced County (if you are going to be based in the unincorporated area:



State of California gets their cut too:


Merced is very business friendly and the county staff is very eager to help businesses start up and thrive. Business counseling appointments are available at the Castle Commerce Center in Atwater every Wednesday morning from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Call (209) 385-7686 to get help. Good luck

jason_kraft Posted 14 Jul 2011 , 1:26am
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Originally Posted by southerncross

State of California gets their cut too:


In CA cakes are not taxable unless they will be consumed on-site, so a seller's permit is probably not necessary unless Merced has its own separate sales tax that applies to to-go cakes.

jason_kraft Posted 14 Jul 2011 , 1:31am
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Originally Posted by step0nmi

it sounds like you need to start with a business plan..

Agreed that the business plan should be the very first step. When you look at the available market and the competitive analysis you may find that it will be difficult to be profitable with your planned cost structure. The cost structure derived from your business plan will give you an idea of how much you can pay for rent at a commercial kitchen and still be profitable.

betty88 Posted 14 Jul 2011 , 2:46am
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Thank you all sooo much icon_biggrin.gif

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