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July

LegalZoom on the Importance of Business Permits

More often than not, business owners expect their license and business permit requirements to be simple and their certificates to be easily acquired. But business owners are routinely fined, stores closed, and penalties levied against store managers for their lack of compliance.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks to LegalZoom for publishing this practical guide to licenses and permits for new businesses.

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01

July

30 Unlicensed Contractors Hammered In AZ Sting

A statewide crackdown targeting unlicensed contractors in Arizona resulted in multiple arrests and citations.

The Arizona Registrar of Contractors, along with law enforcement officers from four counties, used sting houses, targeted sweeps and proactive operations in an effort to curb unlicensed activity in the state.

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30

June

Tobacco Sales Banned At Hollister, CA Pharmacies

Hollister City Council voted to halt the issuance or re-issuance of tobacco retail licenses.

Since tobacco retail licenses are usually applied for in November and issued in January, local pharmacies will have six to seven months to take all tobacco products off their shelves.

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26

June

Business Privilege License Requirement Ending

As of July 1, businesses no longer need to purchase annual business privilege licenses in Fayetteville and many other cities and towns throughout North Carolina.

The state legislature had voted last year to take the licensing away from local governments following complaints that the licenses were wildly inconsistent from city to city and even within individual cities. The licenses were as small as $10 for some businesses and hundreds, even thousands of dollars for others.

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26

June

City Adopts New Method For Collecting Business License Fees

The city of Bolivar, MO changed the way business license fees will be collected.

The city passed an ordinance that will allow the fees of certain business licenses to be collected through the city’s Utilities Department in conjunction with water and sewer bills. Under the new collection method, the business license fee will be broken down into equal installments of $2 over the course of the year. Businesses that do not receive a utility bill will continue to pay their business license fee on an annual basis.

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24

June

Muskegon Heights Passes Liquor Control Ordinance

Muskegon Heights passed a city liquor control ordinance that will give it more sway over businesses with liquor licenses.

The ordinance allows the city to revoke liquor licenses for violating “state and local ordinance rules concerning health, safety, moral, conduct or public welfare.”

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23

June

Calexico Aggressively Seeking Business License Compliance

The city of Calexico, CA is cracking down on delinquent businesses with outstanding business license fees.

Of the existing 2,667 businesses operating within the city, 670 have not paid their business license fees. The city has issued administrative citations to those businesses that have ignored repeated requests for payment. The citations carry a monetary penalty that increases with each subsequent citation. Calexico is also looking into whether it may have to eventually start revoking the licenses of those delinquent businesses and possibly close them down for failing to comply.

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19

June

Unlicensed Activity Awareness Week In Florida

As part of Unlicensed Activity Awareness Week June 15 – 19, the Better Business Bureau and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation are reminding Floridians to thoroughly research professionals and businesses prior to hiring and to report suspected unlicensed individuals.

Florida law sets specific rules and guidelines for obtaining professional licenses, and the people who have met these requirements are held to professional standards. It’s probably a good time to mention that we offer solutions to companies that wish to verify the licensing status of their contractors and employees.

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12

June

Texas Authorities Shut Down Girls’ Lemonade Stand, Demand Permit

“Their mother, Sandi Evans says her daughters have an entrepreneurial spirit.”

Apparently without proper permits, an entrepreneurial spirit can only get you so far. Two 8 year old girls had their lemonade stand shut down by police in Overton, TX because Texas House Bill 970 “prohibits the sale of food which requires time or temperature control to prevent spoilage. Since lemonade technically must be refrigerated to prevent the growth of bacteria, by law, the girls cannot sell it without an inspection and permit.”

If these girls can get in trouble with the law for lack of proper permits, then no business is safe. Give us a call at 1-800-679-3611 and we’ll help keep your business, reputation, and lemonade safe.

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10

June

Nevada’s Compromise Tax Plan

Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office rolled out a version of his plan last week getting rid of the complicated 30-category Business License Fee ranging from $400 to $4 million a year that numerous businesses objected to.

In its place was a business license tax of up to $500 for corporations and $300 for all other businesses filing with the secretary of state and a higher Modified Business Tax.

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