Become a Cottage Food Operation in San Bernardino County

IESmallBusinessBy Staff Reports

(Hesperia)– As of January 2013, the State of California permits an enterprise at a private home to prepare and package low-risk food products for sale to consumers. To help new and aspiring business owners, the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center is offering a seminar on Cottage Food Operations on Wednesday, Apr. 1.

The “Home Based Food Operations” seminar will offer a discussion on the steps required to becoming a Cottage Food Operation (CFO) in San Bernardino County.  Seminar topics include:

·   Permits and Certifications required to operate as a CFO

·   Food categories permitted under the law

·   Selling at retail locations and local farmers markets

·   Operational and Food Labeling requirements

This seminar is from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Hesperia Branch Library, Library Community Room, 9650 7th Avenue in Hesperia.  This free seminar is sponsored by the City of Hesperia. Registration is recommended as seating is limited; register online at www.iesmallbusiness.com. For additional information, please call (909) 983-5005.

The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center is hosted by the California State University, San Bernardino, University Enterprises Corporation.  The Center is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the California State University, Fullerton, Tri-County Lead SBDC.  All of the SBDC programs and services are offered on a non-discriminatory basis.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made.

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