Bars and Nightclubs are both highly regulated and highly profitable. Because of alcohol sales and their high potential for assorted vice crimes, state and local governments monitor bars and nightclubs carefully. In some cities such as Philadelphia, a bar or nightclub may need up to 12 licenses and permits. Navigating the maze of applications and processes required to start such a business can be daunting.
Long Beach, California is highly populated port city with a large variety of businesses. In order to keep the city vibrant, clean and safe, the city has implemented a number of regulations. Long Beach primarily targets industries that can be used as covers for vice as well as businesses charged with the health, care and safety of others – such as home daycare businesses. Luckily for Long Beach business owners, Long Beach has a centralized licensing office that handles most industries and business types. Long Beach has long been a center for the transportation industry. It houses a division of Boeing as well as number of shipping and logistics companies. SCAN health plan and Molina Health Care are also headquartered in Long Beach, giving it a role in the healthcare industry.