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I have this pasta roller and I love it!  The only thing I have found is that if you want the fondant really thin you need to feed it through a few times, changing the seting to thinner and thinner each time.   http://amzn.com/B001V5JAA4
The only reason I don't think it's chocolate shavings is that it's just too white.  But this is an image taken for Target, so it may have been altered.  Maybe it could be coconut shavings?
I get those intern requests all the time too.  One time I took on a recent high school grad as an intern because his culinary teacher called me and begged me.  She said that he was super talented and just needed some exposure before he went off to culinary school in the fall.  His third day at work he spilled a whole pan of pumpkin bread batter on the floor.  Now that's OK with me, accidents happen - BUT! he didn't clean it up, he just walked through it and tracked it all...
Larger companies enlisting "secret shoppers" to find out what's going on while the boss is away.  If you think an employee is stealing your business away, have someone you know call or come in while you're away and see if happens.
Awww, thanks for the link love @TheNerdyBaker!  Cake tools are so expensive so I'm always looking for ways to make my own.  I have been practicing with making my own stencils lately because you know, I'll do most anything to keep from writing on a cake!
Congratulations and best of luck to you!  I'm not sure about acrylic trays, but put Restaurant Equippers ( http://www.equippers.com/ ) in your favorites list and check them out.  When I was building out my bakery I got so much stuff from them, and their prices and very reasonable. 
I have had an Aztek, a Badger and now use a Grex.  I never liked the Aztek, the Badger did a great job, but I really love the Grex.
I only cut modeling chocolate in my Cricut and I find that it cuts best when cold and firm.
To that I would say that filet mignon lasts just as long, winds up in the same place, but the stores still charge a premium for it!  Some people will never appreciate the artistry that goes into something like cake, and that's something I can live with.  It was a good day when I finally realized that not everyone can afford my product and I shouldn't feel bad about that.
Don't forget things like:   Business License Food Safety courses Continuing Ed (cake classes) Insurance Rent Utilities   Once you figure out why that photographer needs to charge what they do, you'll be better off applying it to yourself and your business.  When I was still wet behind the ears (they're still a little damp) I started wearing a stopwatch while I was working on a cake.  The clock was running as long as I was "working" on that cake.  That included...
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