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.
Once the capitol of the Republic of the Rio Grande, Laredo remains an important center of cross-border trade. The once small town is now a booming center of international commerce with strong trade, transportation, and utilities sectors. Like most Texas cities, Laredo keeps licensing requirements minimal and invites entrepreneurs to set-up shop. The majority of business regulation instead takes place at the state level.