Aspiring Innkeepers Startup Package
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Are you considering becoming an innkeeper? Then you'll need to know:
• Where and how do I begin?
• What are the B&B licensing and zoning requirements?
• Why am I required to live in the B&B?
• Does the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) apply to B&B's?
• How do I develop a business plan?
• What types of financing and ownership are available?
• Are there benefits to purchasing an operating inn?
• What are realistic occupancy and income figures?
Discover the answers to these questions and more!
WBBA's Aspiring Innkeeper Boxed Set includes the 3-ring binder and 4 books (note: 3-ring binder is included with Aspiring Innkeeper Seminar registration)
Behind the Door Marked Private
372 page textbook - the industry standard!
A 157 page book written by an ardent inngoer who has created the ultimate version
of "Everything you ever wanted to know about Bed & Breakfast inns but were afraid to ask!"
Running a Bed and Breakfast For Dummies
A 360 page book - a practical guide
Developing a B&B Business Plan
A 94 page guide
Section #1: Licensing / Legal / Business
B&B Definitions & Licensing Criteria:
Department of Health & Family Services (DHFS) Chapter 197: B&B licensing criteria
Wisconsin Statutes 254.61: B&B definition
DHFS Chapter 195: Hotels, Motels and Tourist Rooming Houses licensing criteria
DHFS Chapter 172: Safety, Maintenance and Operation of Public Swimming Pools
Discrimination in Public Places of Accommodation 106.52
Wisconsin Act 226: Complimentary wine service to B&B guests (1993 legislation)
Wisconsin Act 325: Liability exemption for weight gain and obesity claims (2005)
Wisconsin Act 43: Waiver for TRH guest breakfast with a B&B licensed facility (1997)
Continental Breakfast: restaurant permit for Tourist Rooming House licensed facilities
B&B Utensil & Equipment Sanitizing Practices: DHFS-Environmental Sanitation Unit
DHFS Memo: Questions regarding HFS 197
DHFS Memo: response to “Can a non-commercial dish machine be used for sanitizing?”
Wisconsin Act 205: Installation of carbon monoxide detectors in B&Bs (2007)
DHFS “Retreat House” policy – comply w/residential building codes
Bed &Breakfasts Covered by Second Exit Requirement in Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC)
DHFS: Frequently Asked Questions about B&B’s
DHFS Regions by county: Contacts for B&B licensing information/inspection
Wisconsin Business Tax Registration Certificate / Seller’s Permit
WI Department of Commerce: Building & Construction: About the Safety and Buildings Division
New Construction / Building Codes, Building Plan Review & Inspection, Regional Reviewers
Section #2: ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act
The ADA and Your Property
ADA Kit for the Small Inn - developed by PAII: which inns must comply, how to comply, accessibility issues in B&B’s and historic structures
Service Animals in Places of Business (B&B’s)
US Department of the Interior: Making Historic Properties Accessible
Great Lakes Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center: ADA Publications order form
Section #3: Business Development
Wisconsin Department of Tourism: Tourism’s Economic Impact
UWEX Center for Community and Economic Development: financial planning, courses
UWEX B&B Market Analysis
Striving for Economic Success: Is Entrepreneurship For You, Resource List, Legal Deductions, How do Wisconsin Sales & Use Taxes Affect Your Operations?
Department of Commerce: Guides & Resources for starting or conducting a business
Wisconsin Preservation Information: Wisconsin Historic Preservation, Tax Credits
Section #4: Marketing
What’s In A Name?
Pricing & Promoting Your Rooms for Maximum Income
Top Ten Internet Marketing Goals
Responsible Travel Report: Green Travel / WI Travel Green Program
Marketing organizations / websites
Section #5: Property Management
Systems / software information
Section #6: Purchasing An Inn
Be an Informed Inn Buyer
B&B Ownership Can be a Great Investment
Purchasing an Inn Checklist parts 1+2
Crunching the Numbers to Find the Right Price
What Is Your Inn Worth
Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Inns FOR SALE LIST
Properties For Sale: descriptive flyers (optional)
Section #7: WBBA Membership
About Wisconsin Bed & Breakfast Association (WBBA) Member Benefits
Membership Eligibility & Application
Standards Program: Criteria, Tips, Standards Inspection Checklist
Section #8: WBBA - the Organization
WBBA Conventions: most recent program and upcoming sample
Aspiring Innkeeper Seminar - schedule, registration, outline
Regions and Representatives Map
To order the Aspiring Innkeeper Boxed Set:
Online: order with our secure server
Phone: call 715-942-8180, Visa, MasterCard, Discover welcomed
Mail: payment of $150.00 + $10.00 processing fee to the address below.