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  • Wed

    D.R.E.A.M.: How to Start and Grow a Food-Based Business Without a Storefront

    5:30 - 8:00 pmKelly Miller Middle School, 301 49th Street, NE

    Funded by the Department of Small and Local Business Development, Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.  and partners WACIF, Soilful City, Hustlerz 2 Harvesters, Think Local First DC, and the School of Food   will introduce District residents to the DC Cottage Food Law, help residents learn how to start or grow a business, and discuss resources to get started.

    By attending these workshop you will:

    • Understand how to use the Cottage Food Law
    • Develop a personal vision and business concept
    • Learn business 101
    • Learn to incorporate and obtain a DC business license
    • Gain confidence in pitching potential customers and investors
    • Evaluate a business concept and plan for feasibility
    • Meet other entrepreneurs and access entrepreneurship assistance in DC

    Why become a Cottage Food Producer?

    The Cottage Food Law (CFL) is intended to make it easier for community entrepreneurs, especially those who face barriers to employment, to generate family income using their culinary knowledge and skills. With the Cottage Food Law, you can become a legal business owner and make steps towards growing your income.

    Understanding the Cottage Food Law: What is it? What does it mean?

    The Cottage Food Law is a DC law that passed in 2013 that allows DC residents to make non-potentially hazardous food items in their home with the following rules:

    - Do NOT need a commercial kitchen for production of cottage food items

    - Businesses can make up to $25,000 in sales at farmers markets and special events

    - You must obtain a Cottage Food Business Registry identification number and certificate from the Department of Health

    - Specify safe food handling practices required for cottage food businesses on packaging

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