Assisted Living Facilities offer the elderly the opportunity to remain independent. ALFs provide personal assistance and meals, while still giving seniors their own apartments and/or rooms. These non-medical facilities carry significant responsibility for the care and welfare of elders and therefore have their own licensing category in most states. In many cases, counties and cities also place permit and licensing requirements on ALFs.
The town named for Sir Walter Raleigh has its roots deep in colonial times. However, Raleigh has kept up with modern times and today is knows as a center for biotech research. As North Carolina's second most populous city, it's a hub of shipping for the retail and grocery industry. Raleigh's economy also includes banking/financial services, electrical, medical, electronics, telecommunications equipment, apparel, food processing, paper products; and pharmaceutical sectors. North Carolina regulates business more so than its cities. Accordingly, Raleigh has relatively few business licenses and permits compared to the state government. That means entrepreneurs looking to set up shop in Raleigh won't face too much local bureaucracy.