In our increasingly high tech world, IT and Software businesses abound. Many tech wizards are interested to start their own businesses because overhead can be very low, while profits can be quite high. Like all businesses, tech operations must hold required state and local licenses. In some cities, like Chicago and New York, IT repair businesses need special regulatory permits.
Green, mellow and beautiful, Portland is one of the Northwest's most popular cities. However, it can be a difficult place for an entrepreneur to get started. Heavy state and city licensing means business owners have a lot of paperwork and procedures to perform to become compliant. The city's economy traditionally relied on transportation, paper production, lumber and fisheries. Today, Portland also has financial, communication, high-tech, apparel and food sectors.