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Where do you get a small business license?

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Where a small business license is obtained depends on the type of business and the business location. Certain business require federal, state and local permits, which are obtained from different entities.

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Each state requires different business licenses, depending on the type of business. The U.S. Small Business Administration is a good starting point to determine which license, if any, a particular business will need. Certain businesses, including those that sell firearms or alcohol, require federal and local permits, which are obtained from different locations. For instance, for a business selling alcohol at a retail location, permits must be obtained from both the U.S. Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and the local Alcohol Beverage and Control Board.

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