Retail businesses of all sorts including toy stores, clothing shops, photography businesses and general merchandisers need licenses and permits. In most cases, retail businesses take relatively few licenses – however being registered for all state and local taxes is important as is having any needed general business licenses.
The northern-most major city in the United States, Anchorage is a hub for transportation, military, municipal, state and federal government, tourism and resource extraction. Because of its long-time use as a major port and its military use, Anchorage is is home to many shipping and aerospace companies as well. The city remains fairly business friendly, keeping licensing simple and avoiding over-regulation. However, Alaska and Anchorage are protective of their special environment and require businesses that produce waste or pollution to undergo extra scrutiny.