Accounting services can be tax preparation services, personal accounting or management accounting businesses. Typically, states regulate such professional organizations, but in some cases cities and counties also require special business licenses for them. Accounting firms are held accountable for their professional conduct and often answer to a state accountancy board.
During the Industrial Revolution, Worcester was an important center of early manufacturing. Today, Worcester has become less industrial and more of a Boston suburb. Worcester's local industries include medical and biotech research, healthcare and insurance sectors. Worcester's business licensing and permitting is fairly extensive. Like most Massachusetts cities, the municipality uses extensive licensing to protect the public and monitor business' actions. Additionally, the state requires extensive licensing in many industries. Entrepreneurs can expect significant costs and setup time in setting their businesses off the ground.