So you want to start a food business?

Well you’re in luck because the climate is just right for small business and food startups. Shoppers have become more demanding about where their products come from and who is making them. People love trying new and interesting products that will add a little something extra to their food.

I live in Madison, WI which has a ton of support in place to help people get started on the path to an edible startup. But no matter where you live, there are usually some resources to help you get started.

I highly recommend contacting commercial kitchens in your area. There’s where I started because I knew I would have to cook in a commercial kitchen.  This was a huge time saver because during my initial meeting at Feed Kitchens, the manager gave me a packet with just about all of the information I’d need to get started.

Some of the requirements I had to fulfill were specific to the kitchen and some are requirements of the state.  Requirements vary depending on where you live so be sure to do you research but here’s what I had to do.

  • Food Safety and Sanitation Course certificate
  • Food processing license
  • Product liability insurance
  • Business plan or synopsis

Along with all of that, you have to worry about packaging, label design, your website, scaling your recipe (not going to lie, scaling up spicy honey was challenging) and the list goes on.    I just put my head down and checked each requirement off the list as I went.

When you first begin, it all seems super overwhelming.  You CAN do this!  Let me know if I can help in any way.

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