Alcohol Distributors sell alcoholic beverages to retail establishments. Accordingly, states give them separate and generally lower license fees than alcohol retailers who sell or serve directly to the public. Distributors also require federal licensing and may need local business licenses and wholesale permits.
Because of its location at the crux of the Mississippi Delta, Memphis has long played an important role in its region -- a key point for transportation, agriculture and even military advantages. Thus, it's no surprise that today's Memphis has a thriving and diverse business community. The city and the state make try to make it easy for small business, which helps drive the Memphis economy. Licensing is relatively simple and straightforward and free from excessive regulation. Today's Memphis is as well known for its diverse industries as it is for gospel and country music. The air freight, transportation, paper, agriculture, food, electronics, light manufacturing, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries all hold a significant presence in the city's economy.