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.
It's the largest city in the largest county in the nation. San Bernardino is the seat of government for the vast inland California county. San Bernardino's economy is mostly based on service and retail businesses, although it is also a commercial transportation hub for both rail and air transport. License-wise, San Bernardino makes doing business easy. Minimal city licensing combines with relatively light county licensing to make it one of the less regulated zones in California. However, heavy state regulation still applies.