Alarm and security businesses bear the burden of serious responsibility. Not only do they protect homes and businesses from threat and violence, but they are entrusted with knowing when people come and go – and their very lives. The amount of knowledge and care required has prompted states to combat abuse, fraud and scams by requiring alarm and security companies to hold licenses. Many cities further these measures with local permits and registrations.
At the turn of the 20th Century, people met at the World's Fair in Saint Louis as well as the corresponding Olympic Games. Judy Garland regaled the sound of the city's trolleys. Today, however, the "ding ding ding" has been replaced with the sounds of cars, buses, trains and airplanes. A much more modern Saint Louis is a regional economic center with a more than $11 billion a year economy. At present, Saint Louis has significant healthcare, social service, professional ,retail and commercial transportation center. Because of its central position in the country and its location along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, Saint Louis is a key point for moving goods around the nation. Although its business licensing is not as complex as Missouri's other major metropolis, Kansas City, Saint Louis has a large volume of licenses and permits. Entrepreneurs should expect a fair volume of paperwork and complex license fees and taxes.