Entrepreneurs in the Mile High City may feel that the sky’s the limit, but only if they have the correct city and state licenses. Denver businesses face considerable local licensing – particularly in areas where public health and safety are concerned. Further, both Denver and Colorado governments have significant consumer protection laws that result in many businesses needing specialized permits. Denver has the 18th largest city economy in the United States. Its location gives it an advantage in several industries including mining, logistics, transportation and storage. Additionally, Denver holds major communications and technology companies, food manufacturers and restaurant chains.