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what am i doing wrong? 
 
Nov. 28, 2012 8:46 pm 
Updated: Dec. 2, 2012 11:01 am
I am trying to start a baking company in st. Louis mo and there is not a lot of options.either people don't want to help or the kitchens all 2 of them are too far and too expensive.i have a good product I believe in.and im ready to go but is it wrong to Just start trying to sell them?ill even give out samples just to give my name out but I didn't know if I can do that here because our health code is so strict.i am serve safe certified but I really need some help.i don't want to let my dream fall because of technicalities.
 
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Nov. 29, 2012 1:20 am
What about cooking at home and sell at farmers markets. Works here, but I don't know your food safety codes. In Australia you can have a home kitchen registered.
 
Nov. 29, 2012 6:12 am
This might be too much for you, but maybe the idea will inspire you to think along different lines. Have you thought of leasing a food truck or trailer? You see them at State Fairs all the time. Maybe you can find one that is not currently being used. Then you just need to pass inspection.
 
KisstheCook 
Nov. 29, 2012 7:17 am
My husband and I are trying to start a landscaping business so I know where you are coming from! Some advice that other business owners hae gave us is advertising! It really makes a difference! Have something memorable for a picture or a name tht ppl won't easily forget. Its money well spent for advertising!
 
Nov. 29, 2012 11:15 am
Businesses are notoriously difficult to finance. The easiest thing is likely to certify your own kitchen and begin a home based effort in earnest until you have enough cash flow to make a move. Money talks, Bullstuff walks. Best of luck to you and keep the faith, it's likely the most important thing of all.
 
Nov. 29, 2012 3:38 pm
Here are some ideas that may help...Check with the SBA for funding and to help you write a business plan. They can even steer you to a place where you can get a Micro Loans. St. Louis has a lot of colleges and I am sure that at least one of them has an incubator where you can set up shop and start your baking. Just a thought, holiday art and craft fairs are an excellent way to get your "Name" out there. Go to the SBA. There are a lot of seasoned business people there who can help you find the right people to help you. ALSO...check those business colleges at those universities around you...I am pretty sure that there is an entrepreneur program that would love to take your business on as a case project. Just a few thoughts. Last idea...come up with some "gift ideas" cookie trays...quick bread boards...and market them in your local area..check into mailing and market them to local businesses/banks/realtors..all who send out gifts each year. Go to UPS/Staples and they will help you get a nice presentation for little dough...just a pun. Good Luck!
 
Nov. 30, 2012 8:52 am
i sub out to golf courses for banquets-- check out local courses
 
Nov. 30, 2012 8:57 am
where i live -you can sell cooked products- as long as you are "cooking" at a certified place- i.e.- golf course kitchen- church kitchen- private club such as elks- when i began i would trade a service(one cooking shift) for use of facilities (one shift) works great-just got to get your foot in the door- alot of private clubs just need someone to cook once a week- like pancake breakfast on sat am- or fry foods on friday nite-- keep on plugging:-)
 
Dec. 2, 2012 10:56 am
wow i think thats great. in past years i was able to do that but just last year they got more strict with our farmer's markets so it has made it difficult.thanks for the suggestion!
 
Dec. 2, 2012 11:01 am
Thank you all so much for your feedback I really appreciate it. I will definitley try the golf courses. I have checked some churches and they did not offer that service but I guess I need to try harder.Surely SOMEONE can help me.I have made it a promise that as soon as I am able I will offer someone use of my kitchen when I get one. And I will check the universities as well. I did check with St. Louis University because they have some kind of summer kitchen program but I wasnt able to use theirs and then you have people who dont even respond. So I will keep trying!!!
 
 
 
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Hi I'm Eva! I hope you enjoy my recipes. I am a home cook trying to start my own baking business (if I can just find a licensed kitchen in my area) and with the hope of one day owning my own restaurant. Until I get a GREAT job or win the lottery that may be a little ways off but with God all things are possible!
My favorite things to cook
I make a pretty mean roasted chicken. Fried Veggies, pork steak and baked tilapia.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Big holiday meals with all the fixins!
My cooking triumphs
Green Beab casserole, fried veggies, and baked bbq ribs.
My cooking tragedies
ooo i'd have to say I cannot bake a cupcake from scratch to save my life.
 
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