Debbie DeGeer of Mt Lookout Sweets
How did you start your business?
Mt Lookout Sweets
started with the encouragement of my friends and colleagues. I have been baking since I was a kid! I find it very therapeutic. And I have a sweet tooth, so baking desserts has always been my favorite thing to make.
How did you come up the idea for your business?
During the day, I work full time as an administrative assistant at Comey & Shepherd. I started bringing in treats to share with the office. Someone asked me to make some for an open house they were hosting, so I made cookies with the Comey & Shepherd logo on them. The agents loved them.
Soon, I bought a printer to make edible images on cookies. The homeowners loved them, and soon after that I started a Facebook page
. Mt Lookout Sweets was born. I live in Mt Lookout and everything I bake comes from my kitchen at home.
What resources here did you take advantage of and how did they help?
Before I started the business, I contacted the Ohio Department of Agriculture to learn about cottage industry laws in the state. There are specific guidelines you have to follow when you bake out of your home.
Then, I opened a business account at my bank and talked to the small business advisor there. He gave me some recommendations for lawyers that could help me incorporate, as well as accountants. Then, I talked to my insurance agent and got a policy for the business.
I also belong to a wonderful group of “cookiers” on Facebook. We all share ideas and problems. They are my best resource! Some have storefronts, but most are like me and bake from home.
What’s next for you and your company?
My dream is to have a storefront! That’s not possible right now because I am the sole caregiver for my mother, who has Alzheimer’s. She lives with me, so for now, home is where I need to be.
Interview by Robin Donovan