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.
Thanks to the Founding Fathers, Boston has plenty of representation and taxation. Both Boston and Massachusetts governments have a wide variety of licenses aimed at protecting the public and ensuring health and safety. Entrepreneurs can expect lots of paperwork and unusually high amounts of licensing to get their doors open. The Greater Boston metropolitan area has the sixth-largest economy in the country and 12th-largest in the world. Famous for its incredible number of colleges and universities, it's no surprise that Boston is a major financial center encompassing both banking and insurance. Additionally, Boston remains a center for shipping, international trade and fishing just as it was when it led the Revolutionary War.