Fort Lauderdale business-owners get most of their local licenses from Broward County. With licenses and permits on everything from auto mechanics to kosher foods, Broward County entrepreneurs are unlikely to get away with fewer than five licenses and permits. That’s partly because the state provides a lot of central regulation too. Anyone setting up shop in Fort Lauderdale should be prepared for a fair amount of paperwork. Fort Lauderdale has long been centered around the tourism industry and houses a wide variety of businesses related to it. Additionally, the city's popularity with retirees has led to a significant medical presence in the area. Fort Lauderdale also has a major boating industry and a robust financial sector.