Young Upstarts

All about entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, ideas, innovation, and small business. To Relieve Small Business Licensing Headaches

Setting up a business in the United States can be a headache, especially with the multitude of licenses an entrepreneur has to deal with for his or her area of business. The trouble is that you’re likely to be unaware that you actually need a particular license until the authorities come knocking – and by then it’s usually too late. Worse yet, licensing laws can vary greatly from state to state – do you know, for example, that while a standard dry cleaner operating in Texas needs no more than three or four licenses to operate, the same dry cleaner if based in San Francisco can require up to 12 permits and licenses?

Well, help is near. is a U.S-based online resource created by online document storage and sharing service that aggregates relevant licensing information to help small business owners and entrepreneurs make sure what they are running is actually legit. Using the site is as easy as 1, 2 3 – all you need is to select from various drop down menus indicating your state, city or county, industry and business type, and will list down all the permits and licenses you’ll need to stay on the right side of the law.

If you’re an entrepreneur in the midst of setting up a small business, make sure you check out all the licenses you need.

Daniel Goh is the founder and chief editor of Young | Upstarts, as well as an F&B entrepreneur. Daniel has a background in public relations, and is interested in issues in entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, public relations and the online space. He can be reached at daniel [at] youngupstarts [dot] com.

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