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Small Business Hub: A Research Guide for Entrepreneurs

Licenses and Regulations

Regulations are industry-specific, and involve rules put in place by government agencies. Licenses for operating your business depend both on your location and your industry.


Starting points:

  1. Make a list of agencies and relevant legislation that impact your business.
  2. Compile information about licenses you will need to operate, including the cost of obtaining a license.

Suggested strategies:

  • IBISWorld database's industry reports have a "Operating Conditions" tab that summarizes regulations to consider for that industry.
  • Because licenses are industry and location specific, local government websites and trade association websites are good places to find licensing information. 

Select Resources

The subscription resources below marked with a padlock  are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are provided when available.

These are freely available online sources provided by government agencies, trade publications, and organizations.