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.
Lexington, Kentucky has long been known as the capitol of thoroughbred horse breeding. The Lexington area's long history of "gentleman farming" led to a strong livestock industry. Later, the city became home to the University of Kentucky which remains the city's largest employer. Entrepreneurs looking to join the Lexington economy will find relatively simple and few licenses from the local city-county combined government. Instead, more licensing is done at the state level.