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.
In the 19th century, Wichita was a place where cattle and trains met. The midwest's thriving ranching sector kept the East Coast and the good people of Wichita in beef. Nowadays, it's not cowboys driving home Wichita's profits, but aerospace manufacturers including Lear Jets and Boeing. Manufacturing accounts for more than 25 percent of Wichita's economy with healthcare as its secondary industry. That doesn't mean Wichita doesn't encourage the development of small business. In fact, the city considers it essential to its growth and makes it easy for entrepreneurs to get started. Wichita keeps red tape to a minimum and combined with Kansas' relatively light licensing, setting up shop in Wichita is easier than rounding up a stray heffer.