Retail businesses selling antiques require basic business licenses and sometimes more.
At the juncture of three rivers, Fort Wayne has long been a center of trade and commerce. In fact, in the 20th Century. Fort Wayne became home to the manufacturing plants of some of America's largest companies including General Electric, Magnavox and Westinghouse. However, as Fort Wayne's manufacturing days came to a close, it has diversified into education, insurance, health care, and defense and security. With its low cost of living and doing business, Fort Wayne tries to attract new entrepreneurs. The city keeps licensing and regulation to a minimum and leaves most business monitoring to the state.