Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating Business › Arkansas Cakers! Get in here! :D
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Arkansas Cakers! Get in here! :D

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 
I'm trying to compile my checklist of things to do in order to be legit now that Arkansas has passed a Cottage Food law. Could you experienced folks lend me a hand? Here's my list.

Business License
Tax ID number
Liability Insurance (is this required by law or just for peace of mind?)

Anything else? I feel like I'm missing something and have been all over the state website. Thanks in advance for all of your help!
post #2 of 36
The cottage law that passed does not apply to cakes, mainly for jams and honey to be sold at the Farmer's Market. You still cannot get legal for baking at home unless you have a separate, licensed kitchen. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Center can be a great help. I advise you to start with them.
post #3 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by tracycakes

The cottage law that passed does not apply to cakes, mainly for jams and honey to be sold at the Farmer's Market. You still cannot get legal for baking at home unless you have a separate, licensed kitchen. The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Center can be a great help. I advise you to start with them.

Are you sure about that? I've read the bill and it sure sounds like it applies to baked goods as long as they are labled properly and sold directly to the sonsumer.
A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands!
Glenda
Reply
A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands!
Glenda
Reply
post #4 of 36
Here's the .pdf of the law,and pasted below, the section regarding cake which clearly states:

"AN ACT TO EXEMPT COTTAGE FOOD OPERATIONS, FARMERS' MARKETS, AND OTHER SIMILAR FOOD SALES ENTITIES FROM PERMITS REQUIREMENTS; TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

DEFINITIONS:
(1) "Cottage food production operation" means a person who produces food items in the person's home that are not potentially hazardous foods, including without limitation:
(A) Bakery products;
(B) Candy;
(C) Fruit butter;
(D) Jams;
(E) Jellies; and
(F) Similar products specified in rules adopted by the Department of Health;"

http://e-lobbyist.com/gaits/text/175694/175694.pdf

I also found this which should answer some questions for the OP:
http://homebasedbaking.com/rules-regulations/arkansas
Anna (105 lbs lost since June 1, 2009)
Reply
Anna (105 lbs lost since June 1, 2009)
Reply
post #5 of 36
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the help! It's been frustrating talking to the city and state agencies. Half the people don't know about the Cottage Food Law being passed so I've been spinning my wheels. Ugh!

Yes, the law does allow for baked items that are "low risk" meaning they don't have to be refrigerated. Now I'm trying to find out if my kitchen needs to be inspected or not. When I talked to the lady in the Environmental Health department she said my kitchen wouldn't need to be inspected but when I talked to someone in the business license department today, she said the City of Little Rock requires it. Aaaarrrggghhh!!! I wish you could just call one number and get all the answers you need, but then that would be too easy wouldn't it? LOL Hopefully I'll get all the answers I need tomorrow.
post #6 of 36
Thread Starter 
I did it! I'm legal and legit now! I opened up as a sole proprietorship but will probably change to LLC later on down the line. Here is what I had to do. I'm in Little Rock so things might be different in other cities/counties/etc.

1. Get approval from the zoning department. In Little Rock, it's at 723 W. Markham.
2. Apply for a business license. This office is in City Hall at 500 W. Markham. It's across the street from the Robinson Center downtown on the Broadway St side. I went back and forth over email with the person who approves licenses and in the end her boss told her to give me a license under the cottage food law. It's important to educate a lot of these employees because most of them don't know about new laws being passed.
3. If you're going to be doing business under a business name, you need to apply for a DBA (Doing Business As). This office is the same office where they do marriage licenses. It's in the county courthouse which is across the street from the Robinson Center on the W. Markham side.
4. Apply for a state sales tax ID. This office is in the Ledbetter building on 7th street behind the State Capitol.
5. Get liability insurance. This isn't required, but I would definitely get it for peace of mind.

Hopefully this will help someone else out who's in Arkansas. It was a pain in the rear because I was in my work clothes and heels and let me tell you, all that walking on concrete was not friendly to my feet or my back. All the fees for the license, DBA, and state sales tax ID came to about $180.
post #7 of 36
That's awesome!!! I have my DBA and tax ID #. Thank you so much for posting!! I don't have a license. I need to go do that!!

I'm on facebook/coveredincake.ar
Do you have a facebook? We can be FB buddies!! I'm up toward Cabot/Lonoke. icon_smile.gif
Yes those are typos. No I don't care. LOL
Reply
Yes those are typos. No I don't care. LOL
Reply
post #8 of 36
Thread Starter 
CoveredInCake, you're welcome! I don't have a facebook page set up for my business yet but when do get it set up I will add you. This is so exciting!

Oh, and go get your license! icon_biggrin.gif
post #9 of 36
while i am very happy for all the AR cakers that now get to opperate from home, i do feel slightly jilted, only a little, just because i use to do cakes from home ( just for friends and fam) and got a call from the HD though since i wasnt charging they couldnt fine me, so after a long wait i did finally open my shop this past October, so i just missed the cottage food law by a couple of months. Anyways, congrats and good luck to all, even though i have a slight pouty face for a few minutes!
post #10 of 36
I'm going tomorrow! YAY!! icon_biggrin.gif No more renting a kitchen after that!!
Yes those are typos. No I don't care. LOL
Reply
Yes those are typos. No I don't care. LOL
Reply
post #11 of 36
Thread Starter 
louanne, I understand how you feel. I'd probably feel the same way. Look at it this way, though. You can still do things that us "cottage fooders" can't. You can make and sell goods that have to be refrigerated. icon_biggrin.gif

coveredincake, did you get your license?
post #12 of 36
babycakes77 Thanks for the info I am also in Arkansas and tired of going from place to place and no one understanding or even knowing about the new law. I am in the process of getting my license.....I can't wait.....Good luck
post #13 of 36
Thread Starter 
You're welcome! I'm glad I could help someone else. Good luck to you too!
post #14 of 36
This is my first post and I am trying my best to get into the cake business and all weekend I have been wondering where do i need to go to get my tax id and so on...Thank You So Much for the Info! And Good Luck with ur business!!!!
post #15 of 36
Info about how to apply for a tax ID number:
http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/moneymatters/a/taxidhowtoget.htm
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cake Decorating Business
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating Business › Arkansas Cakers! Get in here! :D