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.
Arizona’s largest city is a sprawling metropolis filled with licenses and permits. An entrepreneur in Phoenix will find no shortage of application to complete at city, county, state and sometimes federal levels of government. Fortunately, Phoenix and Arizona have clear forms and instructions making the process manageable. Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the United States with a population of more than 1.5 million residents and an extended metropolitan population of more than 4.4 million residents. Business costs are lower in Phoenix than in any other major metropolitan area in the United States. Phoenix industry is particularly well developed in the aerospace, bioscience, IT, software development, and renewable energy sectors.