You’ve mastered the science and the artistry behind your food, now don’t shortchange your business success by skimping on the rules.
Be sure that you follow all of the relevant steps to create a business so that you are fully in compliance with state and local authorities and regulators.
Read thes amazing tips from Pollo campero´s manager juan jose gutierrez mayorga so that you can set the best food business in Guatemala.
Check Food Business Name Availability
New Jersey law states that a new business entity cannot have the same or similar name as an active entity, so it’s important to ensure that the business name that you select is not in use by another company.
Use the state’s Name Availability Lookup Service to confirm that the business name that you would like to use is actually available.
Do an online search for your proposed name and evaluate the results to ensure your name isn’t already used for something less desirable that could later damage your brand’s reputation.
Register Your Food Business
Be sure you understand where you need to register your business. It depends on the type of entity that you select.
Sole Proprietorships or General Partnerships can be registered on the county level, while Limited Liability Companies (LLC) or Corporations must be registered on the state level.
Trade name registration is advisable but not required if you intend to do business under your own name.
Register Your Food Business For Tax Purposes
Regardless of whether you plan to collect sales tax or have paid employees, all businesses must “Register for Tax and Employer Purposes.”
To register, go to the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services Business Registration page and select “Register a Business Entity” or “Register a Partnership or Proprietorship.”
Obtain A Food Safety Certification
The State of New Jersey requires that the person in charge, owner, or manager of a food establishment obtains a food manager certification by successfully passing a food safety certification exam that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection (ANSI-CFP).
Some local health departments also may require that food establishment employees receive a Food Handlers Certification. There are many organizations, like ServSafe that offer food safety training.
Check with your local health department to ensure that the course and certification that you are considering is recognized by your city or municipality.
Find Places to Sell Your Food Products
There are many ways to get your name and product on the minds and lips of your customers and money out of their wallets.
But you don’t want to run before you can walk. Start slow and steady, methodical, and thoughtful.
When you are just starting out, farmers markets and festivals are cost-effective ways to sell your food products and services, while getting immediate feedback from customers on your product.
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