Selling a cheeseburger in paradise can easily take up to eight licenses and permits. Although ever-relaxed Hawaii is less regulated than many other western states, it has a number of its own island-state-specific ways. Foreigners looking to set-up shop should take special care thoroughly research their operational licenses.
In Hawaii, in our increasingly high tech world, IT and Software businesses abound. Many tech wizards are interested to start their own businesses because overhead can be very low, while profits can be quite high. Like all businesses, tech operations must hold required state and local licenses. In some cities, like Chicago and New York, IT repair businesses need special regulatory permits.