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Starting a Homemade Pie Business?

I am interested in marketing my carrot, butternut, sweet potato, and custard bean pies. How can I find information?

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October 20, 20180 found this helpful

I would start at your local small business development center as they have one stop shopping to everything you need to start a business...they can get you contacts with the health department, and all the other tools you need to be successful. Some of the services are free (tax money pays). Use the locator to find one near you!

www.sba.gov/.../regionaloffices

PS. You made me hungry!! PIES!! YUM!! Wishing you all the best!!!

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October 20, 20180 found this helpful

You can use social media ( Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). It is free and attracts a wide audience. Go to as many trade shows as you can.

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Also get advice from your local Small Business Association. It is made up of mostly retired people who did have successful small businesses and want to help people starting out.

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October 21, 20180 found this helpful

You do not say if you already have a "going" business and just want to expand but before you can really sell food in any state you must be sure that you have the legal right to sell in your state.

There are a lot of rules and regulations regarding the production and sale of any food product so be sure you are in compliance before you market your product.

I am not a fan of the BBB because they seem to be "big" business oriented and cannot seem to come down to the level of a small home business. Maybe this is just in Florida so you might still try to get information through your BBB.

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Here is a link about rules and regulations but there is a link at the bottom of the page to request help from a counselor. This is probably the most important step you will take in marketing your food as everything else is unimportant if you do not qualify in your state.

www.sba.gov/.../apply-licenses-and-permits

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December 27, 20181 found this helpful

... Hi ... I have some basic knowledge of how baking from home works in the state of Florida...I have baked an sold pies in the past at local farmers
markets... Florida is one of the few states that dont have strict guidlines .. So...you are able to bake goods at home based under the Cottage Kitchen Law Of The State Of Florida .. They raised the income level of no more than 50 thousand can be made by doing this from home...otherwise you would have to get commercial kitchen space if you go past the max... .it use to be 1000 was the max per month... Also...you can only make limited goods that cant include dairy products...jams...jellys...pies...etc..are all under the cottage kitchen Law...non dairy...all goods being made must have a label of ingredients attached to your product...package...with a shelf life expiration date..usually 7 days..depends what your product is.....you can write it...type it..etc..

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But you have to show ingredients...just in case a customer may be allergic....an the label should show your goods were made under the cottage kitchen law....so...you dont need any other kinds of permits...license etc...under Florida....however...there may be a surprise inspection of your kitchen from the state if there ever is a complaint....best of luck...happy baking..

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