Boise is a major city for the Inland Northwest and a burgeoning center of commerce. Major players in the retail food, technology and paper industries are headquartered in Boise. Because of the city's growth over the past decade, Boise's retail and hospitality sectors have expanded dramatically. As a city welcoming of entrepreneurial activity and growth, Boise keeps its licensing requirements relatively simple. Business license and permit applications are clear and easy to complete. However, most businesses also need state licenses as well, meaning businesses typically need several licenses and permits to operate.