Friday, October 14, 2011

Starting a new business, and I need help with a name!

I'm so excited about this. I haven't been this excited in a long time. I love to bake. I've wanted to start a bakery, but here in Texas, that's been difficult. In order to run a bakery out of your home, you have to have a completely separate kitchen and storage facilities for your business. I understand the reasoning, but dang, really? I'd have no problem with a health inspector visiting my kitchen. I don't mind the licensing. But to either add a second kitchen to our home or rent a commercial kitchen? That requires a large financial investment - which I don't have. Thankfully, the Texas Senate understands. They passed SB 81, a.k.a. the Texas Baker’s Bill or Cottage Foods Bill. As of Sept 1, 2011 you can run a bakery out of your home - no license, no inspection, you can even have pets. The restrictions? You can't sell online, you can't sell at farmer's markets, and you can't make more than $50k a year. No problem. I can deliver in my area. Now the text actually says ''Sec. 437.0194.  SALES BY COTTAGE FOOD PRODUCTION OPERATIONS THROUGH THE INTERNET PROHIBITED. A cottage food production operation may not sell any of the foods described in Section 437.001(2-b)(A) through the Internet." This is all it says about internet sales. Through my interpretation, I can't take orders via the internet. However, I do believe I can take phone orders and receive payment via the internet. However, I am going to continue doing research to find out, because it's not clear, and I want it to be. I think by the time I need to really start working on out-of-town sales, I hope to be in a commercial kitchen so I won't have these restrictions.

Anyways, I said all that to say this. I'm opening my own bakery. It will be PCOS-friendly, obviously. Once I nail down the recipes, I'll be offering cakes, breads, muffins and other pastries, most of which, if not all, will be gluten-free. I know that gluten-free bakeries are trending right now, but I'm focused on making women with PCOS happy. I'll be staying away from corn, potato starch, white rice, and soy. I'll use farmer's market fruits (as much as I can). Healthier sugars like succanat, stevia and agave.

But I need a name. I've never been really good at coming up with names. Do you have any ideas? I'll take any suggestions!

For more info about the new bill: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=82R&Bill=SB81

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