Allot of people when they think of their industry, they think of big corporate outcroppings and a managerial team. Society and data tells us this is the way to money and success. While monetarily this may be true, what if you are looking for personal success? The kind of success not measured by your bosses' attendance sheet?
Have you ever wondered about having your own business? Not everyone is geared for the roles a business owner plays: Owner / advertiser / footman /On-call employee / Marketer / accountant --- the list goes on and on. Once you commit to your business - you are fully vested. Fully vested - meaning all your output, whether emotional / intellectual / physical / financial, is going toward your business. Most businesses require to be vested in all of the above, to truly function successfully. If you are not committed to this requirement, your business most likely will fail.
I have been thinking allot about my goals in life and I am currently researching (heavily) the process of having a baking related business, in Oregon, in my home. The official license and term for a home bakery is : Domestic Kitchen Bakery.
Currently there are 152 Licensed Domestic Bakeries in Oregon. Considering there are over 3,700,000 residents of Oregon, and 580 commercial bakeries operating in Oregon, the market is not what I would consider "flooded" with domestic bakeries .
If you got to the oregon.gov website and search "Domestic Kitchen Bakery", you will get a page of links pointing you to Commercial Bakery requirements. So much for key word specific searching. This is not very factual or pertinent to your search.
In order to get to the actual Domestic Kitchen Bakery requirements - you need to Download the pdf form. Or you can read it directly from http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/FSD/.....domkit.pdf
I found this pdf extremely helpful because it is geared for the home bakery and not intermixed with commercial bakery requirements. Also something else to consider - research your county specific regulations also, certain counties may have different requirements.
As for requirements for applying and obtaining a Domestic Kitchen Bakery, your kitchen must be in accordance with these rules (OAR 603-025-0200) :
- Doors - doors must be closed during business hours.
- People - No one besides the licensee or employees, may be engaged in production of your product.
- Children - No babies or kids allowed in the kitchen during business hour.
- Domestic activity (outside of business) - All activities must be completed before the hours of business / production starts.
- Pets - No pets allowed in kitchen during operating hours.
- Storage - Separate closed storage is required for your ingredients used in production. This must be separate from your home pantry items (i.e a separate cabinet) , and also use of a separate refrigerator. No medical supplies or cleaning agents are allowed to be stored in the licensed kitchen.
- All kitchens will be available for inspection by the food inspector 8 a.m to 5p.m weekdays or during other production times.
- All kitchens must have a usable water supply. If you have a well that water must be tested by a certified lab and test results sent to the food inspector, in order to be licensed.
- Packaged foods are required to be labeled with - Name of product, net weight, ingredient statement and address of the producer.
- No use of commercial equipment - not limited to hobart mixers, commercial ovens will be used - domestic equipment shall be used ONLY.
License fees are as follows :
If your business annually produces Gross Sales of :
- $0 - $50,000 fee = $146
- $50,001 - $500,000 fee = $208
- $500,000 - $1,000,000 fee= $312
- $1,000,000,001 - $5,000,000,000 fee = $468
- $5,000,000,000 - $10,000,000 fee = $624
- Greater than $10,000,000 fee = $780
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