Kentucky has long been a center of agriculture and animal husbandry. Horse breeding and racing remain important drivers of the state's economy. At the same time, auto production and repair have also become part of the state's repetoire as several companies including Toyota have set up shop in the Bluegrass State. Kentucky is dedicated to being business friendly and keeps business licensing relatively simple - and processes straightforward.
In Kentucky, any business that serves food can endanger public health. That’s why restaurants are some of the most regulated businesses out there. Multiple state, county and city environmental health permits are common for restaurants. Those that serve alcohol need even more licensing. Prospective restaurateurs should expect to apply for at least five licenses and permits and in many cases much more.