Merchants who buy and sell antiques need basic business licenses and sometimes specialized permits.
Known more for its brains than brawn, Madison's status as a home to a major university and the state government hasn't hampered its business development. Wisconsin's second-largest city has expanded into biotech, high-tech manufacturing and marketing. Unfortunately, doing business in the seat of government means a lot of licenses and permits. Wisconsin in general has a fair amount of business regulation and when combined with Madison's own requirements, an entrepreneur can find herself filling out many applications.