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Ready to Start Your Business?

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Congratulations on taking steps to start your own business! We know this can be an exciting yet uncertain time. There are so many factors to take into consideration when starting a food business and it might feel a little overwhelming. Luckily for you, we have a little experience.

 

If you are just starting or already running a business and wish to use the kitchens at Lemon & Sage Market, LLC, you must take, or have taken, the following steps BEFORE using our facilities:

Set Up Your Business Entity

You will need to register your business in two separate places:

State of Utah

Your local city or Springville City (where we are located)

(You may register your business at your home address. See your local city for more information.)

Food Handler's Permit /or/ Food Safety Manager Certification

Obtain/Maintain a current Food Handler’s Permit or Food Safety Manager Certification. You will need to show proof of this to the State/County Inspector during your certification visit.

There are a couple websites, as well as physical locations, you can go to in order to complete your permits. Just make sure your test provider is approved by the state of Utah or it will not be accepted by the inspector. You can find a list of state approved providers HERE .

Schedule an Inspection

Carefully read through the Lemon & Sage Kitchen Use Agreement and terms of membership on our member website HERE. If you have any questions or concerns, you should address these to management before scheduling your visit with the State/County Inspector.

Contact the proper inspector. If you will be producing a packaged product, you will need to contact UDAF (Utah Department of Agriculture and Food). They have separate inspectors for Dairy, Manufacturing, & Everything Else. The main line to UDAF is 801-538-7100. They can direct you to the proper department.

If you will be producing food that is hot and/or ready to eat (catering, food truck, food for delivery, etc.), you will nee to contact the Utah County Health Department. Their number is 801-851-7525. Keep in mind that you will need a commissary form signed by us to set up your inspection with the Health Inspector.

Once you have scheduled an appointment for your inspection, please let us know so we are onsite and ready to help. The inspectors like to have us there, and it's important to make sure you can get in the building too.

Business Insurance

Obtain insurance coverage for your business and list Lemon & Sage Market LLC and 151 South Main Street LLC as "additionally insured”.  General liability insurance is often the first policy food and beverage business owners purchase. It provides protection against lawsuits, accidents, and oversights that might otherwise financially devastate your business.

 

You can talk to any insurance agent about business liability insurance, or you can look at options like: FLIP (Food Liability Insurance Program) www.fliprogram.com. Please provide proof of your insurance to Lemon & Sage Market Management.

Packaging & Labeling

If you will be packaging products for retail sale, you will need to select your packaging and labeling for your products. Your inspector will ask you what your plans are when you meet.

 

For help with labeling requirements in the state of Utah, refer to the UDAF website: https://ag.utah.gov/businesses/regulatory-services/food-safety-and-consumer-protection/food-label-review/.

 

You’ll find links to all the laws and requirements for labeling food products on this website.

You may submit questions regarding labeling to: Rebecca Nielsen, Labeling Specialist, rjnielsen@utah.gov, (801) 860-7075, (801) 538-7152, or fax (801) 538-4949.

 

Send the rough draft of your labels to:

Labeling Specialist, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

PO Box 146500

Salt Lake City UT 84114-6500

Additional Resources

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USU Extension

The USU Extension website is an excellent resource where you will find invaluable information regarding all aspects of running your business. Just like us, their priority is helping Utah businesses get off the ground.

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You Need a Plan

Some fantastic businesses have failed because they didn’t do the proper planning. Make sure you know what your goals are and that you have the resources necessary to reach those goals. Get help at the Utah Small Business Development Center.

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Will You Make $$?

Do a cost and profit analysis—will your business be profitable? There are actually some great webtools to help with this. They will keep your personal data and recipes private and protected. Some services are free, while others charge a fee.

"What do you need to start a business? 3 simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed." --Dave Thomas, Founder, Wendy's

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