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, 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.