This bill is very important to small businesses. In these times of economic unrest many citizens are trying to earn money in many ways. Starting a cottage food operation should be an easy way for citizens to invest in the local economy by roducing local goods and selling to local consumers.
The current regulations all but prohibit small businesses to get started due to the large amount of money that would need to be invested before a person even starts to make one cookie to sell. My children would like to make a little money by using their recently developed baking skills, but to provide them with all of the facilities required by the current regulations would be cost prohibitive for our family and for the scale of business we would have as we start.
Other states have such laws as this excluding cottage business from the many regulations. Having this regulation exemption would stimulate and encourage small home based businesses in Michigan. The more opportunities individuals have to improve the economy the more individuals will be empowered and we can each have a part in the improvement of our state's economy.
2) 2009 House Bill 5280 (Exempt certain “cottage food operations” from licensure ) by admin on January 1, 2001