The largest state in the union is also the most remote. Alaska is a land of incredible beauty and vast natural resources. Despite the sometimes hostile cold, Alaska is warm and friendly to entrepreneurs. State licensing is made relatively simple. However, businesses that impact Alaska's special environment may face heftier permitting.
In Alaska, specialty food shops such as spice, cheese and gourmet shops need retail food licenses. Depending on the state, county and city, these can amount to up to eight different licenses and permits. Retailers must also submit retail food plans and adhere to environmental health regulations in order to stay in business.