Looking at starting an italian ice cart biz--have ?? for other owners, please

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2012/05/28 16:25:12 (permalink)

Looking at starting an italian ice cart biz--have ?? for other owners, please

Have been researching the italian ice cart biz for a while now and getting down to taking the plunge but have some questions for those in the biz.  For your food permit from your HD, do you get a new one for EVERY single day event you do?  From what I've gleaned from my local HD's website seems they have "temporary food vending permits up to 14 days at $50".  Am going to call my HD tomorrow but just curious as to what all you other ice cart vendors have to do.  $50 a pop PER PERMIT PER EVENT seems excessive and will cut into my potential profits substantially, especially if I have to pay a large fee just to get into an event as a vendor.  For street vendors who have a cart in a location day after day, say in the summer, how much do you pay for your food vending permit?  I plan on starting out small, at a few small events, perhaps one or two weekend days a month until I get my feet wet and get myself organized.  I'm also looking at perhaps doing fundraisers (for a weekday gig) and was wondering how others who do these work them--pay a fee upfront, pay a % of profits (what %?) or a combination of both.  Any help from current cart owners about the permit costs and costs just getting events would be greatly appreciated.  You may pm me if you wish ().  Thanks in advance for your help.  Also, SWAMP--I've read your posts and I would like to talk to you about some other aspects of the biz but since I'm new to this forum I don't know how to pm you (or even if I can) so if you're reading this would you pm me when you get a chance.  Thanks again.  
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