If you have a community college or tech school in your area, you might check with them through their Continuing Ed courses. I know here in NC that most of the community colleges offer the Serv Safe course for about $60.00 for a 16 hour class (a weekend class).
The community college is also a good place for all kinds of small business information, check it out!
My kids are no longer allowed to buy baked/cooked foods from public bake sales and farmers' markets since I took this course.
to add to indydebi's comment. . . after taking my safeserve cert. 9 years ago, my family and I didn't go to buffet's for 2 years. I still cringe when I go to restaurants. Food poisoning is no fun! Also for potlucks or parties, I'm either the first one at the event if i want to eat or I eat at home if we're going to be late to the party. . . it's just me being paranoid.
gracecakes, getting certified is a great investment. you can also add that your food service certified to your resume or advertisements when you talk to potential clients. They'll really appreciate it.
to add to indydebi's comment. . . after taking my safeserve cert. 9 years ago, my family and I didn't go to buffet's for 2 years.
omg, buffets! don't even get me started on unescorted children who put food back, adults who sneeze on their hand before they pick up rolls, etc., etc.
Plus I just consider buffets "pig trough eating" .... people will eat like it's their last meal just because it's "free". I consider it "free" under the logic of you pay a cover charge at the door and the food is free as long as you want to eat it. I find it disgusting the way people act at a "free food buffet".