Yoga, Fitness and Martial Arts Studios provide therapeutic and beneficial physical activity and recreation. However, like all businesses they need licenses and permits to operate legally. In some cities, such as Chicago, any business providing recreational activities with children needs a special license. In other places, places of exercise need special health club or health spa permits that come with safety and health inspections.
Texas’ capitol defers completely to state government. Aside from certain food and health-related businesses, Austin amazingly requires only state business licenses. This makes setting up shop in Austin simple and easy. Local entrepreneurs must of course comply with all state and federal regulations – but often can get up and running in a very short time. Although government plays a significant part in Austin's economy, has become overshadowed by Austin's strong and growing tech sector. With a range of electronics makers, software developers and Internet companies, Austin is Texas' Silicon Valley. New biotech and pharmaceutical sectors are also developing, making Austin a center for science.