Although they specialize in very special occasions, wedding and bridal shops are essentially retail operations. As such, they need the same business licenses and permits required for any other retail operation. Usually local general business licenses are required.
Virginia Beach's economy thrives off tourism, military and agribusiness sectors. The city's economy also contains a large retail component, manifested largely through local small businesses. Major companies headquartered in Virginia Beach include Amerigroup, the Christian Broadcasting Network, Operation Blessing International, and Stihl. Other major employers include GEICO, VT and Navy Exchange Service Command. Forbes rated Virginia Beach as the 25th best places for business and careers. Tourism produces a large share of Virginia Beach's economy. With an estimated $857 million spent in tourism related industries, 14,900 jobs cater to 2.75 million visitors. City coffers benefit as visitors provide $73 million in revenue. Virginia Beach opened a Convention Center in 2005 which caters to large group meetings and events. Hotels not only line the Oceanfront but also cluster around Virginia Beach Town Center and other parts of the City. Restaurants and entertainment industries also directly benefit from Virginia Beach's tourism. Virginia Beach has a large agribusiness sector which produces $80 million for the city economy. One hundred-seventy-two farms exist in Virginia Beach, mostly below the greenline in the southern portion of the City. Farmers are able to sell their goods and products at the City's Farmer's Market.