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post #76 of 87
Great thread...lots of my questions were answered right here icon_smile.gif even if I don't live in the Richmond area.
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post #77 of 87
thank you very much No-goodLazyBum and costumeczar.
all of my questions were answered " you both are knowledgeable and a great resource for newbie bakers"

I am pretty sure I will have more question in the future.
thanks again
post #78 of 87
Yes, No Good Lazy Bum is right (and I enjoy typing that name, by the way, how often do you get to refer to someone like that). I had the LLC papers filed through legalzoom dot com then I took them to Parham Rd to get the new business license. I was remembering it wrong, something I tend to do a lot. Too much paperwork tends to meld together in my head icon_rolleyes.gif
post #79 of 87
thank-you, guys!! I finally fiund valuable information about licensing! Love you thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gificon_smile.gif
post #80 of 87
Oooh marking this thread. It was exactly what I needed to hear. Yea, there are all those legal docs out there but am loving reading your experiences with it (and happy to hear about other Fairfax County bakers!).
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post #82 of 87
Are we allowed to have pets in the home at all in VA? I am in Prince William County and I was led to believe that I cannot have pets in my home at all but I could not get clear answers. I read through this whole post (I love this thread!) and I remember seeing that pets are allowed but not in the area while baking-is this for all of VA? I already have the packet and maybe I am missing something icon_redface.gif Any help would be greatly appreciated icon_biggrin.gif
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post #83 of 87
Okay, so I called the VA Dept of Food and Dairy and what you all previously stated is still true. I know it seems as though I didn't believe you all but I just wanted to make sure nothing has changed since the thread began (I did not want to have my high hopes deflated!) I am so happy!! I am eternally grateful to everyone here on CC!

I hope it is not rude to ask this but is the paperwork process costly? icon_biggrin.gif
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post #84 of 87
It's not costly at all, it's just a pain in the neck. You have to write everything out step by step, do the floorplans, etc. But you only have to do it once at the beginning for your first inspection, and each year after that they just check to see if you have anything to add or change on the papers that you turned in.
post #85 of 87

This post was started quite a few years ago, but it has helped me immensely! I read the entire thing and feel so much more comfortable with this whole process! I only started making cakes about four months ago and am quickly looking to become "legal." Thank you for all of your help!

post #86 of 87

Hello Ladies, I live in Loudoun county and got my permit last June. For me it was pretty easy process but time consuming. Here is my step-by-step:

1. File LLC.

2. Obtain EIN (employer ind.number)

3. Register Business Name

4. Obtain local business number

5. Obtain Home occupation permit

6. Obtain Virginia state Taxpayer ID Number

7. Obtain Business insurance

8. Open a business checking account.

 

From this list I didn`t open business checking account yet. Planing to do it tomorow. 

 

For inspection I send them my kitchen plan, all my recipes. I marked shelf in the fridge and cabinets for cake business. I have double sink and do not have pets.

 

Hope it helps :)

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post #87 of 87

WOW, what a great thread. Truly informative and helpful! I am an aspiring home baker myself. Just trying to figure out how to maybe make some money out of the passion I have for cake design. And in order to "make it legal" I am quite a bit confused. Firstly I have a cat in my home. No, she doesn't get all over counters and what not-but cats do have fur. Does anyone know if this nixes my legal home-based bakery dreams? I'm in the richmond area and was really only planning referral based business. I'm small potatoes, do you think I need the license? Thanks a lot for your help!

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