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.
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.