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post #151 of 220
It does not say you can not advertise, such as the newspaper, fliers, personal contact, word of mouth and it does not say that people have to come to your home to pick up the order. As long as your gross does not exceed $15,000, you do not do mail order or wholesale, you can sell to any one you want to, and i would say deliver it. I am sure there are some venues you would not be able to deliver to, as they require a license, however there are many that do not, it would be something that would have to be explored before you took an order.

This was meant to allow home bakers not to have to have a commercial kitchen and all the permits and licensing that requires. For myself, this works great, I do cookies and am only going to pursue family, friends and word of mouth customers, giving me an outlet for something I enjoy doing and being able to sell it without feeling like a criminal. It gets pretty expensive just giving it away.

I say we take this first step and go from there, and yes, Barbara, thanks for all your hard work. thumbs_up.gif
post #152 of 220
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Originally Posted by linedancer

It does not say you can not advertise, such as the newspaper, fliers, personal contact, word of mouth and it does not say that people have to come to your home to pick up the order. As long as your gross does not exceed $15,000, you do not do mail order or wholesale, you can sell to any one you want to, and i would say deliver it. I am sure there are some venues you would not be able to deliver to, as they require a license, however there are many that do not, it would be something that would have to be explored before you took an order.

This was meant to allow home bakers not to have to have a commercial kitchen and all the permits and licensing that requires. For myself, this works great, I do cookies and am only going to pursue family, friends and word of mouth customers, giving me an outlet for something I enjoy doing and being able to sell it without feeling like a criminal. It gets pretty expensive just giving it away.

I say we take this first step and go from there, and yes, Barbara, thanks for all your hard work. thumbs_up.gif

I agree! That's the impression that I was under when I initially read the law. I called the FDACS in order to find out what was covered under the Cottage Food Act, and the lady I spoke to informed me that there were restrictions on where we could sell them and that delivery was not an option, sales could only occur out of the home. *sigh* I was really hoping to run a small booth once a week at a farmers market, but apparently that is not allowed under this Act.
post #153 of 220
Thread Starter 
The Cottage Food Act is finalized, there is nothing I or anyone can do about changing how the law reads. As the person you spoke to said, they have not finalized the discussions until July 1st. So my suggestion is wait until after the 1st of July to contact the Dept of Agriculture give them a chance to be able to learn what is allowed and what isn't allowed. If you read the bill CS/HB 7209 you will learn what is allowed and what isn't allowed. This is a new law to the Dept of Agriculture and they need time to learn the new requirements.

Sorry for your disappointment, but, everyone should be grateful and not disappointed because at least you can have a home business. I know everyone has been baking cakes under the radar but, now you don't have to worry about getting caught and paying huge fines. You don't have the expense of licensing and inspections and all the overhead that comes with a retail business. Just because you may not be able to sell in Farmers Markets, Internet or Wholesale, there is still plenty of opportunities to obtain business.

Weddings, Corporation, Realtors, Doctors etc can give a cake, cupcakes for a thank you gift, go to Salons and Day Spas, bring samples with your information. If you think the only way to make a living is at a Farmers Market, you are limiting yourself. There is plenty of opportunities for everyone.

Here is the link, page down to Page 26, Line 726 and read from that point.

http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2011/7209/BillText/er/PDF





Barbara
post #154 of 220
I am so excited for all of the opportunities this gives us. I have been turning down "orders" from people who have seen my cakes on Facebook or family parties. I don't have to do that anymore. Word of mouth spreads so fast nowadays. I think if a person does any amount of posting, blogging, or social networking they will get plenty of clients. Get yourself some business cards and hand them out.

I personally will be happy if I do one cake a month.....I really don't want a huge business at this moment. But the potential is there. Don't limit yourselves!! The creativity that got you involved in "caking" is the same creativity that will help you expand your business.
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post #155 of 220
You guys are right. I'm sorry. I just got so excited with my plans that when they got disrupted I forgot to look at the bigger picture. Again, thank you Barbara for all your hard work!
post #156 of 220
Hi Barbara! It was great getting to actually meet you this past weekend in Melbourne. I do have one question for you. Do we or can we register our home business name with the state to preserve our name, you know, like with Sunbiz.org? Thanks again for all your hard work on this!!
post #157 of 220
I actually just got off the phone with Sunbiz, and they said yes we need to file for ficticious name before you file for occupational license. She said that you need to advertise your "intent to start a business under such and such name in such and such city" in the public notice section of any newspaper (can be any paper, doesnt matter) FIRST before you register your name. This prevents "squatters", those who just save names for the purpose of selling them.

Hope this helps. They were SO nice on the phone.

I called my county today and the poor lady had to clue about the Cottage Food law, she was so confused but VERY helpful. No she is researching so that is good and hopefully by the time I can get my occupational license they will be ready!
post #158 of 220
My county is requiring an occupational license ( you must have your ficticious registered before you can apply for occup) we are also required to apply for a home based business license. It's a one time fee of $498.00. I don't think this is required in all counties. I happen to live in a tourist area with many restrictions. Hoping all will go well when I apply, most people are surprised and cautious when answering questions. Hope the process goes smoothly for us all. Good Luck icon_smile.gif
post #159 of 220
So does anyone have an answer to the question posted earlier about which trumps which? Both my county and city are requiring a home based business occupational license. No problem there. However, when I contacted my city, I was told that baking in the home is not allowed period. (the lady had no clue about the Cottage Food Law either). I think I'll wait a few more weeks and check again.
post #160 of 220
My county doesn't require an occupational license, but I'm thinking that the Cottage Act does??
post #161 of 220
Thread Starter 
The Cottage Food does NOT require any license or inspections.
post #162 of 220
Thread Starter 
Click on the attachment below some information for you to have.

This should answer a lot of your questions and next week I will be sending out the Final Draft of all the do's and don't of the Florida Cottage Food.

If you want to receive a copy email me at krazyaboutcake@gmail.com and I will add you to the list. This information will be provided directly to me from the Food Safety department and I will pass it on to you so you won't have to call the department.

Barbara
post #163 of 220
Barbara, thank you so much! thumbs_up.gif
post #164 of 220
Thread Starter 
Your welcome linedancer, did you see the attachment? It doesn't seem like it attached. But, I also wanted everyone to know you can sell at Farmers Markets. I know that some really were disappointed that the bill didn't mentioned that. But, it is approved.
post #165 of 220
Yes, you sent it to me in an email, I published it in google docs, here is the link, I hope it works for everyone:

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B0hgZAF24PH9OGQwZDEyOTQtMjI5OC00OTcwLWJkNmMtZjI1Y2ZkN2RiYmZl&hl=en_US
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