Accounting services can be tax preparation services, personal accounting or management accounting businesses. Typically, states regulate such professional organizations, but in some cases cities and counties also require special business licenses for them. Accounting firms are held accountable for their professional conduct and often answer to a state accountancy board.
Once the steel capitol of America and the seat of the Carnegie and Mellon fortunes, Pittsburgh is tougher than steel. Since the collapse of the steel industry, Pittsburgh has diversified its economy with high tech, biotech, financial services and more. It also welcomes entrepreneurs. Although the city isn't shy on licenses and permits, it makes the application process fairly straightforward and understandable. Further, Pennsylvania also regulates a fair number of industries -- but with clear information and comprehensible forms.