Limousines and airport shuttles serve the public and therefore need special licensing in most local jurisdictions. In some locations, airports add additional permits and costs for passenger services that wish to pick-up at terminals. These for-hire or livery businesses must comply with state, county and city licensing requirements.
In moderate-sized Colorado Springs, entrepreneurs with a love for scenic beauty will find they can get going without tremendous local licensing. Although Colorado Springs and El Paso County require food businesses and those that produce hazardous waste to undergo thorough inspections, many business-types fall more under state licensing jurisdiction. Colorado Springs has two major industries: defense and technology manufacturing. As a result, it has become a hub for technology-related companies large and small. The town's significant growth in recent decades has also made way for a variety of retail goods and services, giving local entrepreneurs lots of opportunity.