“The attention I’ve gotten is far beyond what I could ever have imagined. The staff of Le Gourmet really is with you EVERY step of the way. I’m making money and I’m home with my kids. I LOVE MY NEW BUSINESS!” --Camille T.

"Becoming part of the "Le Gourmet Family" has been a very positive and fun experience. From the day that I initiated a phone call to inquire about a distributorship, I have been made to feel welcome and extremely comfortable and at ease. All of the materials that are included with the distributorship are very thorough, easy to understand, and gives you a nice "connect-the-dots" process for opening a gift basket business. For someone like me who has no background in gift baskets or being an entrepreneur, I found all of the information that was provided invaluable!! I look forward to opening my doors and taking the next step towards having a successful business!! "
-- Dana P.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Le Gourmet Gift Basket Distributorship cost?
What do I get for the money?
Why can’t I do this on my own?
Where do I get clients?
How do you decide who gets the referrals?
How many referrals will we receive?
How do I get new clients besides referrals from the Le Gourmet web site?
Who orders gift baskets?
How much money can I make?
Why is the gift basket business so successful?
How much inventory do I need to keep?
How will I be trained?
How much room do I need to run my business from home?
Do I need a storefront?
How do we buy for less than wholesale?
Can running a gift basket business be part-time?
How long will it take me to get my business off the ground?
Can I use a credit card to purchase a Distributorship?
Can I start a distributorship with a partner?
Can I have an attorney or accountant review the Le Gourmet agreement
before I sign on?

Do I ever have to pay another fee besides the one-time start up fee?
Why is being self-employed a better alternative?
With an uncertain economy, will the gift basket business still be
successful?

What sort of support do you provide once I am operating my business?
Do I have to be creative in order build great gift baskets?

How much does a Le Gourmet Gift Basket Distributorship cost?
We have 5 different levels of membership:
SILVER MEMBERSHIP -- $3,500
GOLD MEMBERSHIP -- $5,500
PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP -- $8,500
PLATINUM ELITE MEMBERSHIP -- $13,000
TITANIUM MEMBERSHIP -- $22,000

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What do I get for the money?
You will receive EVERYTHING you need to successfully start up your business! You will get a beginning inventory and all the equipment to design, assemble, cellophane wrap and even shrink wrap your gorgeous basket creations. We will include a full operating manual, a vendor list with pre-negotiated deals, personalized brochures, your own name, full support, training in person or by DVD, Cynthia McKay’s best selling book and MUCH MORE! For a complete list of ALL that you will receive please view the description of services of each membership:
SILVER MEMBERSHIP -- $3,500
GOLD MEMBERSHIP -- $5,500
PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP -- $8,500
PLATINUM ELITE MEMBERSHIP -- $13,000
TITANIUM MEMBERSHIP -- $22,000

Ask about our current special!

Why can’t I do this on my own?
Some vendors will not sell to new or home-based companies and if they do, the minimums are extreme. Well, we've changed all of that for our clients! We are familiar with our main suppliers, the quality of their products and have negotiated discount prices for our distributors. What does that mean to you? Lower prices, the best products in the world, reliable suppliers, and non-perishable inventory with an extended shelf life. No worries about spoilage or excessive storage or refrigeration. You'll reorder your products directly from the vendors and they usually ship out that very day directly to your front door step. Just by stating that you are a Le Gourmet Distributor, you will have access to the best vendors, the finest products and the most prestigious support group of experts in the gift basket industry.

Where do I get clients?
Orders generated from the Le Gourmet web site will be referred to our distributors. We do not charge for referring these clients to you. You will pay no fee or give up any of the profits that you receive from corporate-referred orders. Also, when referrals originate from our other distributors, you pay a small percentage directly to that distributor for the order and keep the majority as profit - that way everyone wins.  We work as a team and support each other every step of the way! After our company was profiled on ABC's 20/20 orders came in by the hundreds before the show was over! Our pristine reputation for customer service and product design will give you immediate recognition as a professional designer with your own top notch basket company. You'll be directly affiliated with Le Gourmet, the finest and most profiled basket company in the world!  In addition, your training will show you how to market and obtain customers locally and via the Internet.

How do you decide who gets the referrals?
We use a city zip code basis. This means that if an order comes in for Miami, Le Gourmet Gift Basket, Inc. will locate the closest licensee in that area to fill the order. If that licensee is not available to fill that particular order, we will refer the customer to the next candidate but we are very careful to make sure that orders are reasonably and fairly distributed. Even if you live in the country or suburbs of a major city, you can be sure that we will be monitoring the dispersal of orders so that all distributors get a fair share.

How many referrals will we receive?
Le Gourmet Gift Basket, Inc. gets referrals from many sources. For example, a recent licensee received 54 orders in one day from our corporate office! Look for stories on Le Gourmet in major newspapers and magazines across the nation. We were featured in Time Magazine, The Today Show, Fox News and ABC'S Money Matters all within two weeks! So, we'll make sure that you get the most from our publicity.

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How do I get new clients besides referrals from the corporate office?
You will easily find clients in your area when you send out brochures and letters that we provide you. We also include in your package beautifully marketing materials that will keep your clients coming back.

Also, all distributors work together to support each other. So, if a distributor in Canada needs to send a basket to the States, they will request that one of our distributors fill the order. It makes sense rather than trying to send a basket through customs which can take a long time. Sometimes our distributors simply can't send a basket fast enough. For instance, if a distributor in California needs to get a basket to Florida the next day, it is more practical and less expensive for the client if the order is referred to the Florida distributor. We all refer to one another and build each other's businesses--that kind of support is invaluable to have as you embark on your brand new business.

Most importantly, the products will sell themselves! Recently Le Gourmet conducted a training in a hotel conference room and when our new distributor was departing, the hotel manager approached her about the baskets- he hired her on the spot to make all VIP, Employee, Guest and convention baskets!

Who orders gift baskets?
Everyone! Corporations, individuals, hospitals, car dealerships, funeral homes, stores and other business enterprises. In this age of politically-correct gift-giving, gift baskets are sought after and desirable for any person wishing to give a memorable gift to someone special, a client or absolutely anyone who loves to receive a gift of food, bath products, baby items or any other theme you can think to give. We never have difficulty finding clients to buy our gift baskets-after all who doesn't want to deal with a full service company that can design, assemble and ship or deliver the perfect gift? Walk through a hotel lobby or office building with one of our baskets, and you'll be approached with questions on how to order. IT'S THAT EASY! One single corporate account can pay your salary for a year.

How much money can I make?
The sky is the limit. You can make as much money in this business as you want. Some individuals choose to work only a few hours a week, but running your business on a part-time or seasonal basis can also bring in a very lucrative income which can be great to add to the family household income or supplement your salary from a part-time job. Your profit is between 50% to 60% on each basket. When you sell a $100.00 basket, you'll make $60.00. Remember, we negotiate additional deals available only to Le Gourmet Distributors so you will save money on many of your initial inventory purchases. You'll be making money and saving money all year round just by virtue of your affiliation with Le Gourmet Gift Basket, Inc. The baskets take an average of 8 minutes each to make, so your profit margin is huge and your time-commitment is minimal.

Why is the gift basket business so successful?
This billion dollar business is hugely successful because people recognize the importance of giving gifts that will please anyone, no matter the relationship or how well the sender knows the recipient. In today’s society, gift baskets are also becoming more and more popular because they are “politically correct.” For example, giving flowers to an employee or a plant to an office staff member may seem inappropriate or even rather bland, but a basket of snacks and gourmet treats will make the sender a hero the recipients will always remember.

We have asked our clients why they prefer to give gift baskets over other gifts and they tell us that they love our full service company: We design, package, include a gift card and ship or deliver the basket. We take care of everything and all they had to do was to call us and order! Our clients also love the fact that they can customize a gift with certain food or bath products, colors, silk flowers and other special enhancements that personalize the gift for the receiver.

Clients have told us that shopping at the mall and visiting store after store looking for a gift is a frustrating task using valuable time and energy when they'd rather be home with their family. Once you show your ability to be a gift basket expert (and we'll teach you everything you need to know!), then you'll have a loyal following and lots of word-of-mouth referrals!

How much inventory do I need to keep?
You'll need only a small area to store your inventory. We provide your initial product, and suggest that you keep approximately $500.00 in additional products on hand.

How will I be trained?
You have 2 options to train--your choice!
1. You can train in the comfort of your home with the training materials, inventory and DVDs we provide.

2. You can visit us in our corporate office just minutes from downtown Chicago, Illinois. Our environment is very casual and you'll immediately feel like part of our family! Imagine wandering around our facility and seeing all of the inventory we store as well as the creations we make!

How much room do I need to run my business from home?
You can easily run this business from your home in a spare room or even from your dining room table. A small closet can store your products and the baskets can be stacked in any open corner of a room, garage or basement.

Do I need a storefront?
Your clients don't know or care whether you are working from home or a retail space since your primary contact is over the phone--they only care about your ability to design a great product for a fair price.

Can running a gift basket business be part-time?
Most gift basket distributors have families and a variety of other responsibilities. The Le Gourmet Gift Basket, Inc. concept shows you how to efficiently and professionally assemble gourmet gift baskets in minutes, leaving you valuable time to do the business you love and still have time for your friends and family. No time to shop? We have arranged for all your products to be purchased directly from the wholesalers and shipped right to your front door.

How long will it take me to get my business off the ground?
The Le Gourmet Gift Basket, Inc. license fee includes all the necessary tools you will need to enable you to begin selling almost any gift basket immediately. You will receive our full support, guidance and assistance from the beginning so that you can immediately begin your marketing campaign and bring in sales while building an impressive client list. Our distributors have shown great success as soon as they've opened their doors. Set up is easy for you since our experts have done all of the leg work necessary for you to get started and succeed without worrying about the details of establishing a business from scratch. Our goal is to see you become successful in a matter of months and bring in the income you've dreamed about but without the stress!

Can I use a credit card to purchase a Distributorship?
Yes, Le Gourmet Gift Basket, Inc. accepts all major credit cards including MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. We also accept checks and money orders.

Can I start a distributorship with a partner?
If you decide you'd like to go into this business with a partner, no problem. We'll train an additional person for no charge and even provide you with a complimentary partnership agreement.

Can I have an attorney or accountant review the Le Gourmet agreement before I sign on?
Absolutely! We encourage your confidence in Le Gourmet Gift Basket, Inc. by providing a copy of our agreement before you join our family. You may have your attorney, accountant, or any other advisor you choose review it first. You can also contact the Denver Better Business Bureau for a flawless Reliability Report.

What other fees do I have to pay besides the one-time start up fee?
You pay nothing additional during the first 12 months of your business.  We charge no royalty or referral fees. After your first twelve (12) months, we ask that you annually renew your membership at a flat costs of only $180 (just $15 per month). 

Why is being self-employed a better alternative?
You will be the best in the business and can offer yourself the security of making your own destiny. Being self-employed gives you the freedom to stay at home with your family, make your own hours, and keep all of the profits from your business. The self-employment factor is critical in this chaotic world of ours. Employment in offices and corporations gets you minimum pay with a great deal of stress and aggravation. Remember, we've done all of the research and development over our 15 plus years in business so that you don't have to run the risk of trying something with no proven track record. We've been recognized as the best in the business and we will give you all that you need to succeed! Then, as you watch your business grow, you will be amazed that it really is that simple and even more surprised at the profits you'll make. Best of all-you are your own boss.

With an uncertain economy, will the gift basket business still be successful?
The gift basket industry is lucrative and continues to thrive each and every year. No matter what the economy, gifts are imperative to our society. Corporations and individuals continue to give and receive gift baskets when the economy is up and even when it's down.

Your business will be especially appealing as you will be able to offer lower prices to your clients with a myriad of upgrades and discounts. In essence, when business is great for your clients, they'll send baskets to say thank-you, and when business is slow, corporations, realtors, lawyers and mortgage companies for example send baskets to retain and remind their clients that they are still around. Either way, you'll keep busy when following our proven method of running a successful gift basket business.

What sort of support do you provide once I am operating my business?
Whether by phone or email, the Le Gourmet Staff is always available to answer your questions no matter the topic. Call or write as many times as you need to. Your success is our success and it is our pleasure to answer any question that may arise as you open your doors and service your clients throughout the years!

Do I have to be creative in order to design great gift baskets?
Absolutely no creative ability is needed to successfully run your business. Everything you need to make gorgeous baskets is taught to you by our staff of professionals. So, even if you have never made a basket in your life, we'll teach you our concepts and industry secrets that will provide you with all the knowledge you need to succeed in your brand new business.

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