Target: Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
Goal: Praise success of law supporting new start-up businesses
Over 1,000 small businesses have popped up all over Texas in recent years thanks to a “cottage food” law, which relaxed requirements for small home bakery operations. Rather than pay rent in a commercial kitchen, residents can sell cooked and baked goods from home, provided there is little to no risk of foodborne illness transmission. This means that no seafood or potentially hazardous foods can be sold, but preserves, jellies, sweets, cereals, snacks, and breads are all acceptable to sell from home.
While the state does not license or regulate these businesses, it requires all business owners to obtain a food handler’s license. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, no complaints have been filed against a single cottage food business since the law’s inception.
Since taking effect in 2011, the law has resulted in a burst of entrepreneurship that has contributed greatly to the recovery of a once-brittle economy. Owners of these small bakeries are reporting great success, with average annual sales increases of 20 percent, with some even moving on to lease commercial space in order to expand their businesses. Overall, hundreds of bustling businesses have been created and allowed to thrive with little overhead cost because of cottage food laws.
By relaxing the old laws, Texas has succeeded in allowing hundreds of people passionate about food to reach their goals in a time of economic recession. The law has given new business owners a better chance at success by diminishing the costs and requirements generally associated with a food preparation business. Your signature will commend the success of the cottage foods initiative, which has allowed once-struggling homeowners to become proud entrepreneurs.
Dear Governor Perry,
Texas’ new cottage food laws, reformed in 2011, have resulted in the success of hundreds of businesses since their implementation. The laws’ relaxed requirements have allowed talented bakers and cooks to sell select foods out of their homes, such as cereals, snacks, candies, baked goods, and preserves. After the laws were relaxed, over 1,000 cottage food businesses popped up, with many of them now thriving.
The new cottage food laws have proven successful in giving entrepreneurs a boost, particularly in a recovering economy. Without the cost of leasing a commercial space, business owners are free to build strong businesses before expanding to a larger-scale operation. I applaud the new cottage food initiatives, which have allowed hundreds of business owners the opportunity to improve their lives.
[Your Name Here]
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