MSU Extension economic developer presents class on Michigan’s Cottage Food Law

Learn how to start your home kitchen business on December 17 at Spies Public Library at 10 a.m.

Do you have a favorite dessert, cookie or bread that gets rave reviews when you share it? Do you want to sell your baked good on the grocery stroe shelves? If you are interested in earning an income from your home-made products, you will want to participate in a workshop presented by Michigan State University Extension at 10 a.n. on December 17. MSU Extension is presenting a two-hour class on how to start your Michigan home-based food business at the Spies Public Library, meeting room 1; 940 1st Street; Menomoniee, Mich. Preregistration is required by calling 906-524-6300.

The workshop is presented by MSUE business development expert Paul J. Werner who is based in L’Anse, Mich. His presentation will cover topics on the cottage food law in Michigan, review the products that qualify for the cottage food law, discuss sanitary standards, restrictions for items produced under the cottage food law, and basic steps to get your product into the grocery store shelves. The presentation will also review the various business ownership types, associated liability risks, basic tax considerations and other food business ownership issues.

The cottage food law has changed the way you can sell your home-made products to retailers and consumer alike. Becoming aware of the simple regulations under the cottage food law, the types of products that you can sell and basic considerations for food safety will help you to get the best return on your investment.   

Participants are encouraged to bring their products or ideas to the workshop to receive feedback from other participants. Participants will have the opportunity to share their products with other participants.

This workshop is free and open to all. Preregistration is required to make accommodations for larger groups. Please call 906-524-6300 to register.

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