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.
The home of country music is also a thriving center of commercial enterprise. Nashville aims to attract entrepreneurs and large corporations alike. While Davidson County elects to have a number of state licenses required, the city and county overall keep business regulation moderate and strive to keep the application process somewhat streamlined. Nashville has long been home to an thriving entertainment industry with four large record companies present and a host of local live entertainment venues. However, it also has automotive, healthcare and food service sectors.