Retail businesses of all sorts including beauty supply stores, 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.
Gilbert has experienced outstanding growth in recent decades going from 5,717 in 1980 to 208,453 as of a 2010. This expansion has been primarily fueled by the growth of Greater Phoenix, which turned Gilbert into a thriving suburb. However, Gilbert has made efforts to bolster its own economy. Several high-tech, life science, healthcare and renewable energy companies have opened operations in Gilbert, making it a center for white-collar labor. Gilbert helps its growth by keeping local city licenses to a minimum. However, Maricopa County and the State of Arizona have substantial licensing requirements that can cause Gilbert businesses to face significant hurdles on their road to compliance.