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post #1 of 25
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Well this is a new one for me, I am doing a wedding cake in May, and the bride contacted me saying the venue wants my license number.

They are being very vague, and I tried asking for the contact's #, but they want me to pass it on through the couple.

I'm a bit weirded out, I've never been told to provide proof of my legality, but oh well. Since I can't get a straight answer from them, do I just send in my business license #? Anybody know?

post #2 of 25

They usually want proof of insurance, permit from the health department and proof you're a registered business with the city.  I would make copies of all of those documents and give them to the couple to pass on, or tell the couple you could fax all the copies.

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post #3 of 25
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Thank you, I'll copy those and send them to her.

Is it common to be asked for proof? Even before I had built up a reputation in town, I was never asked.

post #4 of 25
Agreed, there's no downside to providing your license number and proof of insurance.

When there are a lot of local unlicensed bakers, one tactic licensed bakers can use is talking with venues to explain the importance of working with vendors who are legal and insured, so that may be what happened here. Or they may just have had bad experiences with unlicensed vendors in the past.
post #5 of 25

Always protect yourself and by doing that you are protecting the venue and the client.  I would contact the venue to clarify the situation and then deal with it accordingly.  Post your license so that your customers can see them, this will put them at ease as well. 

post #6 of 25

Whenever I preview a new venue, I always take a copy of my permit, food handlers license and proof of insurance for them to keep.  This has surprised a few managers.  I also keep a laminated copy in my work notebook.  I think this helps to present myself as a professional.

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post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by Cakebaker57 View Post

Always protect yourself and by doing that you are protecting the venue and the client.  I would contact the venue to clarify the situation and then deal with it accordingly.  Post your license so that your customers can see them, this will put them at ease as well. 

Everything is on a wall in my kitchen, it just threw me off having a vendor ask, lol.

 

Thank you everyone :)

post #8 of 25

They probably had an incident with an unlicensed baker recently so they're actually checking now. Some venues in town here do that and some don't.

post #9 of 25

In Washington state all you have to do is look up a business with the Department of Labor and Industries and it's public record if licenses/bond/insurance are all up to date. We actually get letters from L&I whenever there's an inquiry about our business. 

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In Washington state all you have to do is look up a business with the Department of Labor and Industries and it's public record if licenses/bond/insurance are all up to date. We actually get letters from L&I whenever there's an inquiry about our business. 

 

I went to the website, and used the only search I could find, but it was only for trades like electricians and plumbers. I didn't show up, no matter how I searched, neither did a few other cake decorators that I know are also legal/licensed/insured. Maybe I'm just blind, and searching in the wrong spot, lol, or is it something you actually have to contact the DLI to do? I've never heard of that before, pretty neat.

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Agreed, there's no downside to providing your license number and proof of insurance.

When there are a lot of local unlicensed bakers, one tactic licensed bakers can use is talking with venues to explain the importance of working with vendors who are legal and insured, so that may be what happened here. 

Dang straight! But....they usually allow anyone in anyways. :(

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post #12 of 25

Generally you can google it, like say "ABC Cakes, Anytown AZ business license". Most newspapers publish new businesses in the business section at least once a month.

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post #13 of 25

What makes me take pause is the fact that the bride is being vague about the vendor contact info. That doesn't sit well with me at all and I would not provide the info without them reciprocating.

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post #14 of 25
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I went to the website, and used the only search I could find, but it was only for trades like electricians and plumbers. I didn't show up, no matter how I searched, neither did a few other cake decorators that I know are also legal/licensed/insured. Maybe I'm just blind, and searching in the wrong spot, lol, or is it something you actually have to contact the DLI to do? I've never heard of that before, pretty neat.

Maybe it's not L&I, but there is definitely somewhere to look up business licenses. Now it's going to bug me...

post #15 of 25
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Maybe it's not L&I, but there is definitely somewhere to look up business licenses. Now it's going to bug me...

I found on the WA department of licensing site that you can at least look up active business licenses, nothing about my insurance or anything else showed up though.

 

http://bls.dor.wa.gov/LicenseSearch/

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