Specialty food shops such as spice, cheese and gourmet shops need retail food licenses. Depending on the state, county and city, these can amount to up to eight different licenses and permits. Retailers must also submit retail food plans and adhere to environmental health regulations in order to stay in business.
Houston is open for business. The coastal Texas city tries to make it simple for entrepreneurs to set up shop and has no general business license. In fact, Houston and Bexar County keep local regulation at a minimum and leave most of the licensing to the state. Therefore, Houston residents have relatively few forms and relatively few costs to get their enterprises up and running. Houston's position on the Gulf of Mexico make it a major port for oil and gas. Accordingly, it has a powerful energy industry as well biomedical research and aeronautics sectors. Houston's ship canal and port drive important shipping and maritime industries.