I know of where you come from.
Unfortunately, you will probably need to make the money argument. It is cheaper to do the right thing, the first time around, than it is to go back and re-work product, recall product or rebuild your customer list from either of the two events. What particular problems are you facing?
Good GMPs, hairnets, inspections, etc. can lay the ground work for audits done under GFSI standards. THOSE enable you to sell to Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam's Club, etc. Your business can grow given that there is confidence that you are adhering to a standard of cleanliness, product handling and food safety practices.