When residents aren't busy walking in a winter wonderland, they can easily find themselves wading through stacks of paper. Minnesota's intense regulations make it so entrepreneurs not only need a lot of licenses, but must apply via lengthy and intricate processes. Of course, the clean air and friendly communities make it a pleasurable place to do business.
In Minnesota, 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.