Fulnecky dispute shines spotlight on business licensing process

Springfield city code states that individuals who operate a business without obtaining the necessary license "shall be guilty of a misdemeanor" — a violation that can prompt a fine of up to $1,000, and/or up to 180 days in jail. Scott said "we pursue the lack of license as an ordinance violation and enforce it through municipal court." There are almost 200 different categories of business license, and fees can vary widely depending on type and size of the operation.

When your own city councilwoman can't navigate the process of licensing a business, that may be a sign that you've made the process too hard. She should have gone to LicenseSuite in the first place.