It consultants help their clients with informations systems, network architecture, hardware, software and a number of other technology-related issues. Even a consulting firm of one is a business. Many consultants operate out of their homes and make the mistake of assuming they can run their businesses license-free. However, most cities and states require business tax registration and licensing for all businesses, of all sizes – and some require Home Occupation Permits for home-based businesses.
For a city its size, Pasadena’s city government has a substantial number of departments and community services. Unlike many of Los Angeles’ neighbors, Pasadena has its own food and liquor licensing and regulates home-based businesses. Pasadena uses licensing to track the development of its local economy, collect revenues and to ensure community standards are maintained. In addition, Pasadena performs its own CUPA hazardous materials licensing through the Pasadena Fire Department. For a city its size, Pasadena has a robust business community, with many corporate headquarters and regional offices. Major businesses in Pasadena include Jet Propulsion Laboratories, AT&T, Bank of America, Parsons, Hathaway-Sycamores, Avon Products, Avery Dennison, Cogent Systems, East West Bank, Inter-Con Security, Jacobs Engineering Group, OneWest Bank, Tetra Tech, Wesco Financial, OpenX, and Wetzel's Pretzels. Further, the city's famed Old Town and surrounding areas host a large and varied retail community with many small, local businesses.