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.
Motor City has experienced its economic ups and downs over the past decade. While many business owners folded, new entrepreneurs are coming back and reinvigorating the scene. However, they face no shortage of licenses and permits. Detroit regulates a large number of business and expects its local small business community to ensure they are compliant. Today's Detroit remains a manufacturing center and a home to all three American auto makers. Because of its position on the Canadian Border, Detroit is also a center for Canadian trade. In addition, the city hosts several insurance companies, financial firms and casinos.