Brightly colored sails glide across the glass surface of Joe Pool Lake. An early morning foursome swings against a backdrop of emerald fairways. Neighbors greet neighbors as they garden, walk and bike. Generations gather at Grandma's for a Sunday picnic. Fathers, mothers, kids and teachers cheer for Friday night high school football. All of this goes on in the heart of one of the nation's busiest and most prosperous urban centers, all in Grand Prairie, Texas. The City of Grand Prairie offers relaxation, family fun, friendly neighbors and a smart place to live and do business. With its population at 181,303, Grand Prairie is the 15th largest city in Texas and in the top 150 nationwide. Generally speaking, our residents are 30 something, dual income homeowners. In Grand Prairie, families who have lived here for generations welcome newcomers who come to Grand Prairie for the same reasons the natives don't leave—location and hometown atmosphere. Businesses in Grand Prairie need business licenses and permits at city, county, state and federal levels. The combination of business licenses at each level of government can lead to highly regulated businesses such as food service, contracting, commercial transportation and healthcare may to need up to ten business licenses and permits.