The Kentucky Innovation Station hosted a workshop yesterday, open to the public, discussing the process and procedures on how to start a home business in your kitchen.
Presenter Lewis Ramsey of the Kentucky Food Safety Branch of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services provided all necessary information, answered questions from those in attendance, and reviewed the process. to find out how to start your business.
Ramsey spoke about the three different food programs offered by the Food Safety Branch. He also explained what the Ministry of Health is responsible for and the different permits that may be required depending on what you are trying to manufacture and sell.
Restaurant tax was a hot topic during the presentation, along with parking and zoning issues in the city. Members of the town were on hand to help answer questions.
Some of the facts that many were unaware of and of most interest to them was of course how much money can you make from it? Ramsey said you can go up to $60,000 a year.
Another interesting tidbit that the crowd didn’t know is that you have to farm the main ingredient of the product, it can’t be bought.
You have to produce the recipe, get it approved, and provide an approved label on the product, which some of the people there weren’t aware of.
In some cases, you must use an approved commercial community kitchen, which has opened up the question of whether there is one in Hopkins County.
“We don’t have a community kitchen here,” said Melanie Tapp, director of business relations for the Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation. “The extension office talked about it. I know that some restaurants in town rent out their kitchens for people to use on days they aren’t open.
If you are interested in starting a home business but were unable to attend the workshop, contact Ruthann Padgett, vice president of operations for the Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation, for more information, or she may point you in the right direction based on what you are asking for.