Bars and Nightclubs are both highly regulated and highly profitable. Because of alcohol sales and their high potential for assorted vice crimes, state and local governments monitor bars and nightclubs carefully. In some cities such as Philadelphia, a bar or nightclub may need up to 12 licenses and permits. Navigating the maze of applications and processes required to start such a business can be daunting.
The City of Dallas wants to make itself as attractive to businesses as possible – which it does both through a call center aimed at answering entrepreneurs’ questions as well as keeping local licensing and permitting to a minimum. Unlike much of the country, Dallas has no special regulations on auto mechanics and a number of other businesses. Of course, the State of Texas and sometimes the federal government regulate what the city often doesn’t – so business owners still need to do their licensing homework. The Dallas economy is diverse and include major companies in the airline, transportation, financial, retail, food, communications and technology sectors. As a center of commerce in one of the largest and most economically significant states in the Union, Dallas has a diverse collection of medium-sized and small businesses.