27

March

Confusion in a Local City Council as All Are Unsure What’s Exactly Necessary for Obtaining a License

City Council in Kingwood, WV attempts to gain clarity on the exact process for approving a new business license.

Jason Hyre, who applied for The Last Hot Spot license, was at the meeting and told members of council he did not understand there was a problem.

…Councilman Jeff Zigray said he is concerned the Council is penalizing people who are trying to do everything right to start a business.

Opening a new business and ensuring you’re in compliance with the law is stressful enough. Imagine adding on another headache when the city isn’t even sure of the process you need to go through.

LicenseSuite can help take some stress away. It determines which licenses and permits your business needs. And full-service filing services are available to get it all the work involved done on your behalf, even you really want to put your feet up during this time.

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22

March

Mayor of IL Town Given Power to Revoke Licenses and Shut Down Businesses

Mayor of Joliet, IL now has the power to close down a licensed business after a City Council vote, according to the Joliet Patch.

At Monday night’s pre-council meeting, Inspector General Chris Regis explained that the measure was intended to “close an existing loophole in the city ordinance” and will let the mayor close down a “potentially dangerous business,” such as one where drugs are being sold.

Here’s to hoping your business doesn’t get closed down by the city’s mayor, especially after all the stress you go through to get your business license. Make obtaining your license easier. Use LicenseSuite to figure out the licenses your business needs, and filing services to get it all done on your behalf.

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15

March

Proposed Change to Business License Program Fails in AZ

No change to business license law in Prescott, AZ as home and apartment rental owners not exempt from having to obtain a license.

Prescott city staff members had recommended a change to the business license program, which went into effect on Jan. 1, to exempt owners of long-term residential rentals from the requirement to get a $35 annual business license.

City Budget and Tax Manager Lars Johnson explained at the City Council’s Feb. 28 meeting that the residential-rental requirement had generated many questions and complaints from the rental owners.

It’s rare that any field of business you’re in will not require some type of license. Exemptions are scarce. LicenseSuite can determine which exact licenses your business needs. We can also help with filing for those licenses you’re not exempt from.

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07

March

Legislation Introduced To Simplify Business License Process Could Hurt Cities’ Revenues in SC

New bill looks to ease business license process in South Carolina, costing unhappy cities millions in revenue.

Greenville could see a loss of $5.7 million as a result of the measure. “This bill is like aiming a torpedo directly at the city of Greenville,” said Mayor Knox White, adding that the proposal “has the potential to totally disrupt everything we are doing.”

…he wants to make the process of obtaining municipal business licenses less complicated and more fair. Under the current system, he said, some businesses have to obtain licenses from dozens of cities that have different rules. He also the cost of these licenses is based on an economic factors that are “grossly unfair” to businesses.

“We are not out to harm the municipalities at all,” said Sandifer, whose committee passed his bill last week.

Although SC city municipalities are not so thrilled, this seems to be good news for small businesses in South Carolina as it would make the usually complex task of obtaining the appropriate business licenses more simple.

Most small business owners aren’t that fortunate. They can benefit more from services like LicenseSuite, which can tell you exactly which licenses and permits your business needs, and filing services, which does all the work to get the licenses on your behalf.

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21

February

Business License Reform In Talks In Myrtle Beach

Officials in Myrtle Beach are concerned about changes to business license law, taxes increasing.

Right now, the city of Myrtle Beach charges a fee specifically for businesses that are located outside of the city limits, but do business within the city.

That includes landscaping, plumbing and electrician services, because they still use city services but don’t pay all of the taxes businesses within the city do…He said that loss alone is projected at more than $2.5 million.

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16

February

City Councils Encourages Small Business Growth In Washington Town

In an attempt to boost small business growth in Waitsburg, WA, City Council considers eliminating licensing fees for new businesses.

Waitsburg’s current city code requires new businesses to register with the city and pay a $50 fee. A resolution before City Council would temporarily remove the fee requirement until Feb. 6 of next year…

…New businesses would still have to register with the city and pay any other fees associated with their operational activities, and annual renewal fees would remain in effect for existing businesses.

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14

February

Prison A Possible Penalty If You’re Lacking A License in Alabama

Alabama county doesn’t rule out jail time or fines as penalty for operating without a business license.

“If someone has not purchased a business license, they can be fined for the amount of that license, but also they could be subject to six months in jail,” said Dollar, who noted that those measures, taken in conjunction with the district attorney’s office, are a last resort.

“We don’t want to go to that extreme unless we’ve exhausted all of our resources to try to collect that,” he said.

There’s no reason to be unaware of the licenses your business needs to stay compliant when there are resources such as LicenseSuite and full service research and filing. The former can determine every license and permit your business needs to operate legally; the latter takes care of the whole filing process on your behalf. Take advantage.

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09

February

Kentucky County Sees Its First New Package Liquor License

Small businesses in Barren County, KY are approved for its first package liquor license after an important vote for countywide alcohol sales.

All of the first 11 businesses since the Sept. 27 vote for legal countywide alcohol sales that applied to sell package liquor in Barren County are expected to get their licenses once they meet the final inspection and other requirements, according to notices local alcoholic beverage administrators received from state ABC officials Wednesday.

This is good news for businesses in Kentucky, but actually filing for and obtaining those licenses can be a challenge. We can help with the filing for them.

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08

February

Senate Proposal Pushes for More Liquor Licenses in Wyoming

More liquor licenses are on the way to Wyoming towns, as per a new bill being pushed by senators.

Senate File 155 deals specifically with bar and grill liquor licenses as authorized under Wyoming Statute 12-4-413.

The proposal would change the population formula establishing how many permits can be issued in incorporated cities or towns of a certain size.

This is good news for small businesses in Wyoming, but actually obtaining those licenses can be a challenge. We can help with the filing for them.

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02

February

Liquor License Scarcity Affects Businesses in CA Town

There’s a lack of liquor licenses available for business owners in Westwood Village, CA, potentially preventing small business growth.

The Westwood Neighborhood Council, which advises the city on alcohol permit applications, imposes conditions on businesses’ alcohol sales because state guidelines restrict the number of businesses that can sell alcohol in the district…“I am a firm believer that there are repercussions to regulating business,” Beverly said. “We have to be careful about creating a reputation for being nitpicky, because that will affect future business in the Village.”

Where liquor licenses are available,  we can help with the filing for them.

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