Alcohol Distributors sell alcoholic beverages to retail establishments. Accordingly, states give them separate and generally lower license fees than alcohol retailers who sell or serve directly to the public. Distributors also require federal licensing and may need local business licenses and wholesale permits.
The southern Texas city of San Antonio welcomes business development and keeps entry into its market hassle-free. Aside from a select few business-types, San Antonio is very hands-off and allows entrepreneurs to operate often without any city licenses at all. Naturally, Texas and federal licensing still applies. San Antonio has developed a significant tourism industry in part by making itself a center for conventions. More than 20 million people visit San Antonio each year. The city's major industries also include financial services, government, health care.