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.
The calm town along the Red River was once a hub of the oil industry. However, since the collapse of Standard Oil, Shreveport has diversified its economy and introduced gaming and tourism as major sources of revenue. Shreveport has a strong emphasis on economic development and welcomes entrepreneurs. Accordingly, the city keeps business licensing and permitting simple and the requirements few. Louisiana also regulates businesses and usually requires one or more business licenses and permits at the state level.