Retail businesses of all sorts including beauty supply stores, toy stores, clothing shops, photography businesses and general merchandisers need licenses and permits. In most cases, retail businesses take relatively few licenses – however being registered for all state and local taxes is important as is having any needed general business licenses.
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.