Retail businesses of all sorts including toy stores, clothing shops, photography businesses and general merchandisers need licenses and permits. In most cases, retail businesses take relatively few licenses – however being registered for all state and local taxes is important as is having any needed general business licenses.
Home to major corporations and Olympic games, Atlanta has taken its place among the great cities of the United States. Constantly encouraging growth and development, both the city and the state have attempted to make the business licensing and permitting process straightforward. However, tight budgets and old forms and processes mean getting a business set up in Atlanta can still take time. Additionally, a strong state government issues many important licenses. Atlanta ranks fourth in the number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered within city boundaries, housing mega-corporations such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines and Turner Broadcasting. Atlanta's robust economy includes numerous industries with a strong concentration on communications. Accordingly, small entrepreneurs can find numerous niches to be part of the vibrant city and growing economy.