Specialty food shops such as spice, cheese and gourmet shops need retail food licenses. Depending on the state, county and city, these can amount to up to eight different licenses and permits. Retailers must also submit retail food plans and adhere to environmental health regulations in order to stay in business.
Indianapolis is one of the Midwest's most populous cities and a center of commerce for the entire region. Both the city and state encourage business development in part by centralizing licensing and making requirements clear. Although the state does most of the regulating, Indianapolis has a number of permits to protect consumers and ensure a harmonious, safe community. The city's primary industries are manufacturing, health care and social services, and retail trade. However, despite its manufacturing industries, Indianapolis does not have the same concentration of manufacturing as many other Indiana towns and cities. However, it is more diverse in the service sector and has positioned its airport to be a major transit and commercial shipping hub.