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.
Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay and accordingly, has a number of rules and regulations to keep its sizable community safe and clean. Bars, nightclubs and other establishments that can impact local residents require city permits. Additionally, Alameda County regulates health, safety and waste disposal. Luckily, both the county and city keep fees and costs affordable to encourage business development and prevent an undue financial burden for the business community. Major companies in Oakland include Matson, Kaiser Permanente, Clorox, Dreyer's, Cost Plus World Markets, Ask.com and Pandora. Additionally, Oakland's port remains vital to the city's economy and many businesses in the area are linked to shipping and maritime activities.