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.
Modesto is a large agricultural city known for nuts, wine and cheese. Although this may sound like a winning taste combination, the city's stagnant economy has led to high unemployment rates. Accordingly, Modesto is a location where residents often turn entrepreneur to create their own jobs and seek new opportunities. Modesto makes its local business licenses and permits few and easy to obtain. However, county and state business licenses may be necessary in a alrge number of industries -- particularly those related to food and healthcare. Entrepreneurs can expect to need up to 10 business licenses when operating in more regulated industries.