Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the Union, but its founders' principles of religious freedom and tolerance remains large and important. As one might expect from such a small state, applying for business licenses and permits is a relatively simple process. Rhode Island makes it easy for entrepreneurs to set up shop by requiring fewer licenses and permits than other New England states and thereby giving it the chance to have an economy that's larger than its borders.
In Rhode Island, specialty food shops such as spice, cheese and gourmet shops need retail food licenses. Depending on the state, county and city, these can amount to up to eight different licenses and permits. Retailers must also submit retail food plans and adhere to environmental health regulations in order to stay in business.