Retail businesses of all sorts including toy stores, clothing shops, photography businesses and general merchandisers need licenses and permits. In most cases, retail businesses take relatively few licenses – however being registered for all state and local taxes is important as is having any needed general business licenses.
Often known as Polymer Valley because of the many rubber companies that call it home, Akron has avoided the worst effects of de-industrialization by diversifying its economy. Today, Akron is home to high tech and financial companies as well as national and international events including the National Marble Tournament, Professional Bowlers Association,The All-American Soapbox Derby, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, National Hamburger Festival, Founders Day (Alcoholics Anonymous), and Road Runner Akron Marathon and Women's Professional Mud Wrestling. Entrepreneurs who want to cash in on all the excitement in Akron will find they need to content with a fair number of state business licenses and permits. However, the business-friendly city tries to keep local regulation minimal -- making local licenses and permits few and simple to obtain.