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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2006

    Great Book

    ¿How to Create a Financially Successful Bakery¿ bakery by Sharon L. Fuller and Douglas R. Brown is an excellent choice for anyone thinking about opening up their very own bakery. It presents a number of things to consider. From weighing the pros and cons of different bakery locations to selecting a menu and from possibly serving meals, coffee, and ice cream to deciding to buy or lease baking equipment, the authors of this book gave me a plenty to think about before I dive into the food industry. It is a great basic resource for anyone looking to own their own food industry business. In addition to bringing up several points to consider, the authors also direct readers to a number of helpful resources and they guide readers to seek out individualized information from local sources, such as the local health department, fire department, and more. I found the chapters on hiring the staff and getting set up with suppliers to be the most helpful. Sometimes when you are new to an industry it can be hard to know where to start. Thanks to ¿How to Create a Financially Successful Bakery¿ I now know what needs to get done. The accompanying CD-ROM is also a great resource. On it are a number of sample business plans and related Microsoft Word documents that anyone can alter and use for their own start up business. While the book does offer great insight into the industry, it is by no means an in-depth, step-by-step guide to owning your own bakery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    Honest Straightforward Information

    ¿HOW TO OPEN A FINANCIALLY SUCCESSFUL BAKERY¿ by Sharon L. Fullen and Douglas R. Brown. From start to finish this book will help to solidify your view of opening a bakery and the work that it will require. The authors do not sugar coat the process of opening and running a bakery. They give honest straightforward information to help you be as successful as possible. This book is comprehensive look at the bakery business. Starting with the financial and real estate technicalities. Then moving into more technical aspect of running a bakery business. The section on customers was especially interesting. Many people want to start a new bakery and are unprepared to identify whom their customers are this book is excellent in helping to narrow down your customer base. The authors also talk about ways of getting new customers in your doors. Beyond marketing ¿How to Open a Financially Successful Bakery¿ goes into public relations and even menu planning to help make your newly opened Bakery an absolute success. This is a great overview of all the areas of concern when opening a new bakery. The authors have gone to great lengths to provide the highest standard of information. To make this book even better, it comes with a CD that contains over 30 forms for the operations of your new financially successful bakery. There are forms on general management issues, food safety issues, and even employee training. ¿How to Open a Financially Successful Bakery¿ is a great starter book for anyone considering opening his or her own bakery business.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    The Cd Rom is superb

    The book is great and the most updated on the subject - but the CD rom included with the book is superb and a very nice added bonus! It contains a full 50+ page business plan in Word for easy editing with financial statements, over 50 customized forms for your use in PDF format, and a check list of thousands of items you need to open - these are all bonus items included on the CD ROM !!! We have looked at other business plans and software and all were over $100.00 - this is a great value - my only comment is the book is so packed with info. the type size is a little small for my aging eyes...

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