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    grmn7318 Posts: 13, Reputation: 2
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    Nov 26, 2006, 04:47 PM
    Would Like To Start Cookie Business
    I've had it with being micro managed in the corporate world. I really don't enjoy working for others and have dreamed about starting a cookie business. I have been baking mandelbrodt ( cookie similar to biscotti) and always give it away during the holidays. Everyone has been telling me for years to start a business and sell my mandelbrodt and biscotti.

    I have looked at some of the web sites for cookies, and wonder how much business they actually do.

    Does anyone have any great ideas? I am a marketing guru - so going out there and giving people samples in not a problem. I live in Chicago, and we a multitude of coffee shops other than Starbucks.

    I would appreciate any and all suggestions.
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    questiontoknowledge Posts: 13, Reputation: 1
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    Dec 14, 2006, 03:46 PM
    Chicago Cookie,

    First, what an awesome location to start a business in! I would definitely recommend a Crawl, Walk, Run approach. First and foremost, protect yourself! Establish an LLC, or if you are going in with a partner, an LLP. There are some great resources in the library or bookstores on how to set one up. Because you are offering a food product, it will be easy for people to find an excuse to sue you once they know you are successful. While doing this, come up with a creative name and logo for your operation. The establishment of an LLC will involve establishing a relationship with government entities:

    I don't know if you are in central Chicago or a smaller city outside of it, but see if your town hall has a website that will guide you on getting a business license.

    Before you spend one dime toward this endeavor set up a separate business account for ease of accounting and tax filing. True, once you change anything from personal to business it usually means more money and fees. However, SunTrust bank, has a free business account

    Once you have a license, it's time to make a presence. Rather than handing over a large amount of money up front on a brick and mortar establishment, start small and look up upcoming fairs and festivals to set up a booth selling your product. You can even get street carts and sell on a corner in the large city you live in. Once you are earning good money then start thinking and growing and definitely set up a web site as word gets around. Yes this is my first post, this is because I see a lot of potential for your idea. I see you enjoy marketing and you write pretty well; however, if you still need help I am at

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